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Dominic Cummings (Yui Mok/PA)

Dominic Cummings (Yui Mok/PA)

Dominic Cummings (Yui Mok/PA)

Covid-19 has been very useful in teaching us about that mysterious psychological phenomenon, Sense of Entitlement. This is a condition that informs the sufferer that the rules do not apply to him or her. It is also known as the Dominic Delusion, and more recently as the Mary Lou Me Fein Complex.

An early victim of the disorder was Scotland's chief medical officer, Dr Catherine Calderwood, who resigned having been found not to have understood what lockdown meant. She confused 'home' with 'homes'. Not far behind was Professor Neil Ferguson, a prominent member of SAGE, the body which advises the UK Government on Covid-19. He failed to understand that inviting his friend/lover over for the night was a clear case of putting his needs above those of the community he lives in. And then there is the recently resigned New Zealand health minister, Dr David Clark, who must have been so delighted with the NZ performance during the pandemic that he decided the methods used did not apply to him and his family. Off they went to the beach. One wonders if being very well educated and in a prominent job makes it easier to suffer the Dominic Delusion. And of course there's Billy 'I don't self-isolate' Kelleher.


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