Government ‘Investigating’ After ‘Unauthorised’ Tweet Sent From UK Civil Service Official Account
A statement has been issued after the UK Civil Service's official Twitter account posted a tweet that read: "Arrogant and offensive. Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?"
The tweet, which was sent shortly after Boris Johnson gave the daily briefing in which he announced he was standing by senior aide Dominic Cummings, was quickly taken down but not before it had been screen shot and shared by dozens of other accounts.
A tweet from the Cabinet Office said that the 'unauthorised tweet' was being investigated.
An unauthorised tweet was posted on a government channel this evening. The post has been removed and we are investigating the matter.
- Cabinet Office (@cabinetofficeuk) May 24, 2020
One of those to capture the tweet before it was removed was Lewis Goodall, BBC Newsnight policy editor, who shared it alongside the caption: "This has just been tweeted from the UK Civil Service account. This is the craziest political weekend for a long time."
Others joked that it could have been accidentally posted by a staff member who meant to share it from their personal account, while others suggested that whoever it was will be facing a rough day at the office tomorrow.
Elsewhere in government today, Johnson said he will be standing by Cummings who has faced calls to resign after it was revealed he drove more than 200 miles to a second home during lockdown.
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Speaking at today's briefing, Johnson said: "It is because I take this matter so seriously, and it is so serious, that I can tell you today that I've had extensive face-to-face conversations with Dominic Cummings and I've concluded that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare, at the moment when he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus and when he had no alternative, I think he followed the instincts of every father and every parent and I do not mark him down for that."
He later added: "I think what they did was totally understandable. I think any father, any parent would understand what he did".
Cummings drove 260 miles to a second home in Durham after his wife started to show coronavirus symptoms.
It's claimed he did so because he wanted his sister and niece to look after their four-year-old child and bring food round.
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