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Dominic Cummings and the rule of law

The week’s events show the importance of the rule of law in maintaining public trust in a pandemic, and the urgent need to understand its significance to avoid a deadly second wave

By Murray Hunt  

Cummings leaves his north London home. Photo: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

Reactions to Dominic Cummings’s behaviour this week have frequently invoked familiar ideas: “no one is above the law,” “the law applies equally to everyone,” “those who make the law are also subject to the law.” No democratic government can be seen to say “one rule for us, another rule for the rest of you.” As eminent British judge Tom Bingham once memorably reminded us, these are all essential elements of the basic idea of the rule of law, and…

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