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Headlesschic Wed 27-May-20 01:49:09

How much coverage is our current political scandal getting where you are? Is there much in your media about Dominic Cummings etc.? How is being reported? Is the UK a laughing stock? Genuinely interested.

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ToffeeYoghurt Wed 27-May-20 01:52:32

Family abroad (Australia) say it's the UK's very high death rate that's got people's attention. I don't think they care about Cummings. Nobody knows who he is.
We're not a laughing stock. They're looking on with horror.

AfterSchoolWorry Wed 27-May-20 02:03:04

I'm in Ireland. Had it a scandal? It just seems like business as usual to my eye. A Tory Toff being a Tory Toff! Or is he a scientist? I don't know. I find it quite boring.

DramaAlpaca Wed 27-May-20 02:07:07

Also in Ireland. Most of us are just glad we're not in the UK.

The only reason any interest in the Cummings fiasco is being shown in my house is that I'm English, though I've been here over 20 years.

SailingAwayIntoSunrise Wed 27-May-20 02:08:15

It has been reported here (Aus) but as pp said it's your numbers that have our attention.

The UK is now, IMO, being compared to the US. I'm pretty shocked by both countries and the lack of those in charge giving a fuck about the citizens.

QuickGetTheEggplants Wed 27-May-20 02:09:53

I'm in Australia. The ABC has had a few articles about it, haven't seen anything else. Definitely no one is laughing at the UK. Most of us know people there.

managedmis Wed 27-May-20 02:10:21

Yeah Boris is a laughing stock

I find the nickname DomCum very funny

Ratasha Wed 27-May-20 02:23:40

Several of my Canadian coworkers were aware of it. They've seen the UK as a laughing stock since the Brexit vote though, so I dont know that this story in particular has materially changed their views of the country.

elp30 Wed 27-May-20 02:32:34

I am in the US and I only know about DC because I have Sky News on my Roku. My husband is English so he watches it daily to keep abreast of what's happening back home.

I have only seen it mentioned once on US national television but it was about ten seconds long.

eaglejulesk Wed 27-May-20 03:48:23

I'm in NZ and when I told my Dad about the Cummings scandal he already knew as he had read/heard about it on the news. I also heard this morning that someone had resigned over it. Most people here are shocked by your death toll.

ShyTown Wed 27-May-20 03:54:16

Not reported at all. Presumably there isn’t enough time left after coverage of Trump’s antics and/or no one really cares that much or knows who DC is. Kate and Meghan’s tights row on the other hand... my neighbours all want to discuss that with me (from 6ft away of course).

Lweji Wed 27-May-20 04:05:42

Portugal here.
Nothing of note on Cummings.
The US and Brazil are now getting the "stupid government" treatment. Or rather, stupid presidents.
Still used as an example of responses gone wrong.

Most news from the UK are about the Oxford vaccine.

Fuzzyspringroll Wed 27-May-20 05:22:06

Germany here. Wouldn't know anything about it. Nobody cares. The high death rate and the ineptitude of Boris's government have cropped up but it's nothing that gets loads of coverage.

DamnYankee Wed 27-May-20 05:52:45

US. We don't hear much about the UK. Everyone's governments seem to have handled it badly.

Littleheart5 Wed 27-May-20 05:57:48

Ireland here. Been reported a good bit, but like a PP said most of us are just horrified (and saddened) at your death rate and feel very fortunate our government has handled a huge amount better.

Littleheart5 Wed 27-May-20 05:59:13

@DamnYankee not everyone has handled it badly. NZ top of the class, Ireland has done quite well too. It’s hard to fathom how badly the U.K. and USA have done

SailingAwayIntoSunrise Wed 27-May-20 06:03:16


I'll add Australia here for doing well (although l know how much MN doesn't like to give Aus any kudos 🙄)

DamnYankee Wed 27-May-20 06:15:36


I don't think anyone was prepared for this.
Population density, size of the country, proximity to other countries, transcontinental traffic policies, etc., need to be taken into account.
No medals are being handed out at the end of the day, are they?

FortunesFave Wed 27-May-20 06:19:47

Oz. Nobody's laughing. We've mostly all got relatives there. It's upsetting....if my kids want one day to go to the UK to work or something, it's just looking less and less attractive.

MysweetAudrina Wed 27-May-20 06:20:44

Ireland and we have had a few conversations about it in our house but not surprised really to see a tory acting like a tory. We have our own scandal here. Our taoiseach was sun bathing in a local park (within the guideline restrictions) but he had his top off and this seems to have sent the fb masses into overdrive.

PineappleUpsideDownCake Wed 27-May-20 06:28:59

Iam curious about the coronavirus coverage. I think initially we (england ) had the awful Italy coverage partly as the prrss could spin we're not like there. It interests me that the English media isnt spinning it as horrifying and shocking in the way Australia is. I wonder if it's a mix of propoganda on both cohntries parts.

StrictlyAFemaleFemale Wed 27-May-20 06:36:43

Denmark. I cant really answer as I dont follow the news since journalists cannot fathom the difference between England, GB and UK. Nor the difference between ethnic minorities, immigrants and muslims. I havent seen anything on danish twitter or fb about it.

midnightstar66 Wed 27-May-20 06:44:51

My friends and family are in Cyprus, who locked down fast and have nearly eradicated the virus. Lockdown is over and dc all back in school. New cases are nearly all coming from UK repatriations. Many are ex pats and all are aghast rather than laughing. the death rate and general incompetence is what's being reported and discussed rather than and specific event. As a country who relies massively on British tourism they are all pretty worried right now

PurpleTalkingTrees Wed 27-May-20 06:54:27

Yes it’s been reported and he sounds like an idiot, but that’s politicians isn’t it, they’re above the law. Two politicians in Australia did similar recently, one was expendable so lost his job, other less so so got away with it.

What worries us more is what others have said, your covid situation. With the reported death rate of 37,000 dead which doesn’t include care home deaths, I wonder how you will all come out of it when and if it ends for you.

snowqu33n Wed 27-May-20 06:56:34

See for yourself Japanese news in English on NHK.

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