Dominic Cummings News Live: Boris Johnson dismissed Covid as a ‘scary story’, says former adviser
Dominic Cummings says Covid response fell ‘disastrously short’, apologizes for his own mistakes
Dominic Cummings claimed Boris Johnson’s ministers fell “disastrously short” during the Covid crisis, as he exposed the chaos that ravaged the government as the pandemic took hold.
The former prime minister’s adviser claimed that key officials were “literally skiing” in mid-February, as he told a joint committee of MPs about the lack of urgency at No 10. “When the public had most needed us, the government failed.
Mr Johnson played down Covid as a ‘scary story’ in February 2020, Mr Cummings claimed. He also suggested that the Prime Minister “ask Chris Whitty to inject me live on TV” to show that there was nothing to worry about.
Describing the chaos in government and the lack of a lockdown plan in early March, Mr Cummings claimed the deputy cabinet secretary said: “We are completely f *****.”
He compared it to the “uncontrollable” disaster movie Independence Day, “With Jeff Goldblum saying ‘the aliens are here … you need a new plan'”.
Boris Johnson ‘completely out of his depth’, says Cummings
Dominic Cummings has now attacked his former boss, suggesting he was one of the top executives who is “completely beyond his reach”.
He told MPs: “Any system that gives you a choice between [Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn] … Obviously is a system that has gone very badly. “
“There are so many thousands of people who obviously could provide better leadership than these two.”
Cummings said Johnson was “about 1,000 times overly obsessed with the media, preventing him from doing his job.”
He said the Covid crisis was a classic case of ‘lions led by donkeys’.
Cummings added: “In any sane and rational government it is completely crazy that I should have been in such a high position. I am not smart. I have built great things in the world. “
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 11:16 AM
Cummings praises Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Dominic Cummings praised Chancellor Rishi Sunak. “There have been reports and accusations that the chancellor was the person trying to delay things in early March,” he told MPs. “This is completely wrong.”
He added: “I think the Chancellor did a fantastic job on leave… creating the plan from scratch in a matter of days.”
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 11:13 AM
Hancock should have been fired for ’15 to 20 things’
Dominic Cummings said Matt Hancock should have been fired for “at least 15-20 things” – including “lying to everyone over and over.”
“I think there is no doubt that many senior officials have fallen disastrously below the standards the country has come to expect. The Secretary of State for Health is certainly one of those people.
Cummings added: “I have told the Prime Minister on several occasions that he must be fired. The cabinet secretary too. The same was true of many other elderly people.
He claimed that the cabinet secretary said: “I have lost confidence in the secretary of state [Hancock]honesty in these meetings. “
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 10:58 AM
Cummings compares pre-foreclosure chaos to Independence Day
Dominic Cummings said he told Boris Johnson on March 14 he had to put in place a lockdown, but added: “There was no lockdown plan … it doesn’t exist.”
He compared it to the 1990s alien disaster movie Independence Day. “It all sounded like an out of control movie.”
Cummings said: “It’s like an Independence Day scene with Jeff Goldblum saying, ‘The aliens are here and your whole plan is broken and you need a new plan.'”
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 10:47 AM
‘There is no plan … the country is f *****’
Dominic Cummings said Assistant Cabinet Secretary Helen Macnamara said on March 13: “There is no plan. We are completely f *****. Thousands of people will die. “
Cummings also said that “part of the building was arguing over whether to bomb Iraq, part arguing over whether to lock down, and the prime minister’s girlfriend was cracking some crackers about something. completely insignificant “.
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Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 10:34 AM
I wanted the lockdown on March 12, says Cummings
Dominic Cummings has said he wants the lockdown on March 12 – 11 days before that happens. “The 11th and 12th [of March] we had already gone terribly wrong, ”he told MPs.
“I sounded the alarm bells more and more during the first half of March,” he said.
Cummings claimed that “very smart people” were telling him as early as February 25 that the government should take “aggressive” action against the virus and that it should consider a lockdown.
He said in retrospect, the lockdown should have been brought in the first week of March, at the latest, about three weeks before it happened.
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 10:29 AM
Johnson wanted to be injected with Covid on TV, suggests Cummings
Boris Johnson “considered [Covid] like a scary story – he described it as the new swine flu, ”Dominic Cummings told MPs. He claims the prime minister offered to be injected with Covid on television to minimize his fears.
“If we have the Prime Minister chairing the Cobra meetings and he just says to everyone, ‘It’s swine flu, don’t worry, I’m going to ask Chris Whitty to inject me live at television the coronavirus so that everyone realizes that it is nothing to do. being afraid of “that wouldn’t help serious planning.”
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 10:08 a.m.
I haven’t spoken in meetings because of leaks, says Cummings
Dominic Cummings said she didn’t want to speak at the Cobra government emergency meetings because there were too many leaks. “Keep in mind that one of the major issues we encountered throughout this time was leaking out and creating chaos in the media.”
He also tells MPs he sent Boris Johnson texts and WhatsApp messages at the start of the crisis in 2020 which he is happy to share with them.
Cummings said he regretted that he “did not follow through” and “push” pandemic preparations into late January, adding that it was not until the end of February that the we realized that the plans were “hollow”.
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 9:56 AM
“ The key people were literally skiing ”
Dominic Cummings claimed key government officials were “literally skiing” in mid-February, as he described the lack of “urgency” in No 10.
He told MPs: “This is a really important point to record: the government itself and No 10 were not operating on a war footing in February in any way.
“A lot of key people were literally skiing in mid-February. It wasn’t until the last week of February that there was again a sense of urgency when it came to No.10 and the Cabinet Office.
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 9:48 AM
Ministers fell ‘disastrously short’ according to Cummings
Former Boris Johnson senior adviser Dominic Cummings told MPs the government ‘disastrously missed’ the standards to be expected of it when the coronavirus hit the UK.
He also apologized for his own role in the errors made in his opening remarks to MPs.
“When the public needed us most, the government failed,” he said. “I would like to tell all the families of those who have died needlessly how sorry I am for the mistakes that were made and for my own mistakes.”
Adam forrestMay 26, 2021 9:42 AM