A father of two, whose partner has incurable breast cancer, has channeled his fear of seeing people break the rules of creating a video game spoofing Dominic Cummings’ visit to Barnard Castle.
Stevie Brown, 39, is upset at how the government of Boris Johnson handled the consequences of Mr. Cummings’ journey to 260 kilometers to Durham, accusing her of “withdrawing” under her previous lockdown guidelines.
The dad channeled some of this frustration into creating a game, 30 Miles To Barnard Castle, which satirized the drive to a local beauty spot, which Mr. Cummings claimed would test his eyesight before returning to London.
Created on Media Molecule’s Dreams platform, players take on the role of Mr Cummings and attempt to drive to the castle as quickly as possible, with a child in the background.
“It was a very quick process,” said Mr. Brown. “Assembly took a few hours.”
Stevie Brown, 39, created a game, 30 Miles To Barnard Castle (pictured), that ridiculed Dominic Cummings’ drive to a local beauty spot amid the Coronavirus lock in March
The child is voiced by his nine-year-old daughter Erin, while Mr. Brown provides the voice of Mr. Cummings himself.
The father insisted that the game was not aimed at Mr. Cummings himself, but at “the ridiculousness of someone buying something,” he explained.
Mr Brown believes that if Mr Cummings had explained himself and apologized as soon as his trip came to light, the story would have ended relatively quickly.
But now he thinks the prime minister’s chief adviser should go.
“I would tell him to step down immediately,” he said. “But it won’t improve anything. It is not going to help. ‘
Mister Brown’s partner, Kerry Newman, 38, isolates in the house they share with their two daughters in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire because of her breast cancer diagnosis.
Mr Brown (pictured), 39, is upset at how the Boris Johnson government handled the consequences of Mr Cummings’ 260km journey to Durham and accuses him of ‘regressing’ in his previous lockdown guidelines
Mr Brown’s partner, Kerry Newman, 38, isolates in the house they share with their two daughters in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, amid the coronavirus pandemic due to her breast cancer
She can’t leave the property because her illness – which doctors say is secondary breast cancer in her pericardium – puts her at high risk for Covid-19.
Mrs. Newman was in the hospital until Monday and underwent surgery to stop fluid buildup around her heart, and Mr. Brown and the couple’s children were unable to visit her.
Mr. Brown said her life expectancy is “not great” and that he can maximize the time he, Erin and Saoirse, four have with her.
He said, “Everyone has a countdown clock until when it will end, when lockdown will end – our clock is how long we have to spend as a family.
“We are prepared for the worst.”
The longer the blockage lasts, the more concerned he is about his children’s lasting memories of their mother.
He said, “They couldn’t go to the park, they couldn’t go to the entertainment, they couldn’t go to the zoo, all the things families have to do – and especially if you have someone with an incurable disease, these are the things you want to try to do so the memories are not just sickness and pain and upset. ‘
Mr Brown, who works as a catering manager, is angry with the way the Boris Johnson government has handled the consequences of Mr Cummings’ journey to Durham and accuses him of ‘going back’ on his previous lockdown guidelines, something he said believes it encourages more people to break the rules.