The Barnard Castle meme is truly taking off. In the wake of Dominic Cummings’ excuse for breaking lockdown, social media users have decided to get creative.

Let’s face it… if people are talking about it these days, nine times out of ten, it can be memed.

They have become such an apparent and oddly important part of our society in recent years. Not only can they be made to make us laugh, but also, to confront and hold authority accountable through widespread ridicule.

Throughout the lockdown and over the last couple of months we’ve witnessed a number of trending memes, with the most obvious being the wealth of Tiger King examples.

However, the latest to receive the meme treatment isn’t a larger than life zookeeper, but instead, Boris Johnson’s aide, Dominic Cummings.

So, what has he done to deserve it?

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Dominic Cummings: Lockdown controversy

Recently, it was revealed that Dominic drove 260 miles for a trip to Durham during the lockdown.

Of course, this can be considered a total violation of the rules in place designed to help the UK get through these difficult times with as few casualties as possible.

However, as highlighted by the Daily Mail, he has refused to apologise for his actions after flocking to stay in a cottage located on his parents’ land. He has argued that his decisions have been the result of a “very complicated, tricky situation” and has displayed no regrets.

Many have since pointed out that the advisors recent actions undermine information and advice he himself has given and shared etc.

Barnard Castle meme explained

So, this all sounds very serious, right?

Right. Why the memes then?

Well, it’s because of his excuse! According to The Independent, Dominic expressed that he drove there with his wife and child while on his trip so that he could test his eyesight before making his way back to London.

Of course, many have had a hard time believing the visit wasn’t for leisure. Therefore, we have plenty of memes making the rounds poking fun at Dominic’s statement, in which he addressed:

“My wife was very worried, particularly because my eyesight seemed to have been affected by the disease. She didn’t want to risk a nearly 300-mile drive with our child, given how ill I had been. We agreed to go for a short drive to see if I could drive safely. I drove for roughly half an hour and we ended up on the outskirts of Barnard Castle town. We didn’t visit the castle, we didn’t walk around the town. We parked by a river. My wife and I discussed the situation, we agreed I could drive safely and we turn around and go home…”

Barnard Castle memes

Now we’ve cleared up what it’s about, let’s take a look at some examples over on Twitter.

Here are a selection:

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