What is wrong with Matt Hancock going out for some exercise with his son? I detest the man, don't get me wrong, but I cannot see anything wrong if he was out there with his son, who he presumably lives with anyway, but even if he doesn't, we are allowed 1:1 meetings for exercise outside.
I think what makes parks, etc. a lot busier this lockdown (and the November one) compared to last March, is that it's cold outside. So even the people that are lucky enough to have a garden (Oh how I wish I had one) will not sit in their gardens for some fresh air as it's too cold, so they will go to parks, etc. for walks to get out of the house for a bit, when they might not have bothered in March as they could just lounge in their gardens in the sun.
I've got to agree. As much as I dislike many (pretty much all) of the government, I find the attempts to make a story about of them going for a bit of exercise a massive distraction from the real issues.
I thought it was wrong for those women to be given fines for driving a short distance to what appeared to be a suitable place to walk that is by most standards, local to where they live. There may be an argument that Boris could have cycled around St James' park instead, but perhaps they decided that was a security risk, or that there was a chance he'd run over too many joggers or whatever.
This does feel like an extension of the twitchiness during the first lockdown when irresponsible parts of the media decided that paying photographers to take deliberately misleading photos of people spread out in parks was the best way to keep their readers frightened and therefore clicking on links.
It might feel justified to criticise Johnson for everything, but IMO, making a big deal out of a bike ride is letting him off the hook for all of the stuff that deserves condemnation. The same applies to employers who are not following proper protocols. How convenient for them to have the general public blaming socially distanced joggers for the spread of the virus so people aren't asking too many questions about what's happening in warehouses, call centres or building sites.