Dominic Cummings going into Downing Street today is more than just a row about the future of one man or even politics.
To understand why, I think it helps to look at the context of where we have been in this pandemic and where we might potentially be going.
This argument about Dominic Cummings’ movements relate to the time when the lockdown restrictions were at their strictest and people were observing them. It was when we had only four reasons to leave the house. They have since been loosened.
The guidance if someone in your household has coronavirus symptoms has not changed. It is much stricter – if you can at all possible stay in the house, you shouldn’t be leaving the house.
That becomes important when you look where we potentially might be going. You will remember 1 June is the date Boris Johnson said we might move to phase two, like non-essential shops reopening.
But a key part of the government being able to do that is having the confidence they can control any further outbreaks. Having clarity of message for what people should do if they are exposed to symptoms is incredibly important. This row risks muddying it.