Why was their location an essential importance to the story? Are symptoms and suffering greater or less in Durham than London?
Grasping at straws here I think.
some graspworthy straw bales spring to my old-fashioned mind:
a. at the time of the journey North, London had a lot of infections and increasing deaths; Durham had hardly any. That his since been reversed. I am not for a moment suggesting that this journey was a contribution to 'spread', of course
b. Personally, with a clearly sick wife and (as it turned out) an incipient sickness, and a child, I would have hoped I'd have wondered if it was wise to embark on a 200+ mile journey, possibly involving stops for fuel, food and especially toilets (likely to have been needed both by sick adult and by young child, unless they were different from those I have known).
c. [now, but with retrospection] During Coalition, Cable recused himself (as Business Secretary) from 'quasi-judicially' considering a NI bid to OfCom (to take full control of Sky News. IIRC), once a paper released a recording of Cable (some time earlier) making remarks appearing to be biassed against NI. Hunt (as Culture Secretary) took over, with equal moral and arguably legal duty to be 'quasi-judicial'. After a while it emerged that one of Hunt's SpAds was passing all submissions by external parties opposing NI's bid straight to NI, enabling them to prepare a response before the arguments had been put to them in minuted meetings. Such confidentiality breaches would clearly have been a dismissal, possibly a Criminal, matter for a Civil Servant. Hunt took some time to fire the SpAd ('accept his resignation and apology', without clarifying whether Hunt knew or not that the SpAd was doing this, or had even encouraged or instructed it), and did not resign. The bid might have gone through if it had not been for the 'Millie Dowler' 'phone hacking revelations. It was much commentated at the time that this failure of a SoS to resign over SpAd misconduct was a dangerous precedent. Cummings was appointed directly by PM, and has seen fit to have other Ministers' SpAds dismissed (not for any misconduct) and Civil Servants frogmarched out of No 10, in one case effectively dismissing her.
This latest episode looks to me like the sort of worrying disregard for ethics, and possibly regulations or laws, which we are quick to decry when we see, say, Trump or Bolsonaro or Putin indulging their favoured staffers in this way. Others may say that 'that horse has bolted', of course
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