The Special Adviser’s Tale, or Political Storytelling in the Time of Covid

When Dominic Cummings broke the COVID-19 lockdown rules, how did the attempts to ‘change the narrative’ by Cummings and the government defy the logic of storytelling?

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In trying to impose their own narrative on events they ran into a series of further problems, all of which were, ironically, thrown up by the logic of storytelling itself.

The journey to Durham immediately became a symbol of hypocrisy, undermining the clear story that the government had earlier been trying to tell of a nation who are ‘all in this together.’

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