Newspaper headlines: 'No regrets' for Dominic Cummings and shops set to reopen

By BBC News
Staff

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A picture of Dominic Cummings stares out from many of the front pages.

"I don't regret what I did" is the headline on the story in the Daily Telegraph. Noting that there was no apology during the hour-long live broadcast, it says the prime minister ordered Mr Cummings to go on the record after three days of damaging headlines and in the face of growing party unease.

The PM's announcement that many high street shops will be allowed to re-open next month is the paper's main story, however, with its editorial declaring: "The Cummings affair has been an unwelcome distraction from the business of dealing with the grave economic crisis facing the country." "For now", it concludes "he stays in his position and we need to move on".

The Daily Express sets out its stall, jubilantly declaring: "Hurrah shops to open doors soon" on its front page. It reports how Boris Johnson announced the news at the government briefing and urged people to go shopping to boost their local economy.

Mr Cummings is pictured on the cover - clutching what appears to be his notes from his press conference. The headline: "Cummings faces down his critics". Inside, the paper suggests detailed explanations from the PM's advisor had "taken the heat out of the row."

"Shameless" is the rather different verdict of The Daily Mirror. It declares he "broke the stay at home rule, then enjoyed a birthday trip to a beauty spot to test his eyesight - all because he claims his situation was 'exceptional'".

The paper's columnist Kevin Maguire suggests the PM and his chief advisor are cut from the same cloth: "On Planet Boris - rules are for the little people - he won't lose a wink of sleep over his rule-breaking chief adviser."

'Roasting'

A 'Rose Garden Roasting" is the Daily Mail's view of how Mr Cummings fared in his Q&A with journalists. The paper asks how the prime minister's defiant svengali - in its words - can survive?

It is one of a number of papers to carry a double-page spread of pictures showing crowded beaches and beauty spots as people in England enjoyed the bank holiday sunshine. The Mail's headline is: "If it's good enough for him!"

And writing in the Spectator, Katy Balls reflects that the very fact that an adviser was allowed to hold such a press conference is revealing. She suggests that, despite earlier attempts by Downing Street to claim the affair was a non-story, the unprecedented event shows the real level of concern at No 10 about public opinion.