Dominic Cummings ; Boris Johnson was reluctant to tighten Covid’s limits as charges surfaced last fall Dominic Cummings because he thought the victims were “more than 80 years old,” said Dominic Cummings.
- He further added that the Prime Minister had sent him a text message saying: “I am not buying any of the NHS content.”
- Mr Johnson wanted to allow Covid to “clean up the whole country” rather than destroy the economy, Mr Cummings said.
- The allegations surfaced in an interview with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg.
It is the first time that Mr. Cummings – Mr. Johnson’s former adviser – has given a TV interview with each other while working in politics. In response, Downing Street said the prime minister had taken “the necessary steps to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice” throughout the epidemic.
And the government has banned the NHS “from being frustrated by the country’s three-time closure”, a party spokesman said.
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In an extensive interview, Mr Cummings also said that at the beginning of the epidemic last year, Mr Johnson wanted to keep his weekly meetings with the Queen in place – but he had to warn his boss that he could die if he caught the coronavirus.
He also defended his controversial decision to go to his parents’ farm in County Durham after the initial closure, but admitted he did not “go public” for all of the reasons, including “security” around his family’s London home.
- This is the first major discussion Mr Cummings has done, but he has answered questions from MPs about the government’s response to Covid.
- Claims made in that session were explosive, but he has since been criticized for failing to provide evidence to support some of those assurances.
- Covid cases were immersed last summer but began to rise sharply again as early as autumn, sparking controversy in government over what measures are needed.
Mr Cummings told the BBC that he, the UK’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, had demanded that there be strict limits from mid-September – Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty declined to comment.
Mr Cummings went on to suspect that Mr Johnson had said: “No, no, no, no, I don’t.”
The Prime Minister had “media sections” and the Tory party called for “non-compliance” and “frequent” references to the Daily Telegraph, which he had previously written in a column, “as my real boss”, Mr Cummings said.
- On October 13, as Covid’s death toll rose to more than 100 a day, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer demanded the arrest of “two to three weeks”, but the government decided to do so.
- In a WhatsApp message sent on October 15, shared with the BBC, Mr Johnson appeared to describe himself as “slightly shocked by some of the details of the Covid massacre”.
- The “age” of those who died was between 81 and 82 for men and 85 for women, the Prime Minister said, adding: “That’s more than a lifetime. So get Covid and Live longer.
“Almost everyone under the age of 60 goes to the hospital … and almost all of them survive. And I no longer buy all these frustrated NHS items. .. ”
He reportedly went on to write: “It shows that we are not in a position to be banned nationwide.”
But the Prime Minister announced England’s four-week closure in England on October 31, saying this was necessary to protect the NHS as statistics suggest that death could reach “several thousand a day” without “serious action”.
Meetings Queen row
Looking back at the beginning of the epidemic, Mr Cummings told the BBC that he had intervened to prevent Mr Johnson from continuing to see the Queen, then 93, in face-to-face meetings every week.
- Mr Cummings said that on March 18 last year, the Prime Minister had said: “I will see the Queen … That’s what I do every Wednesday. Clear this. I’ll go see her.”
- He also said he had told Mr Johnson: “There are people in this office who are isolating themselves. You can have coronavirus. I may have coronavirus.
- “You won’t go see the Queen. If you go see her give the Queen coronavirus? Obviously you can’t go.”
He continued: “I just said, ‘If you give her a coronavirus and she dies, what are you going to do [?] You won’t do that. You can’t risk that. That’s completely insane.”
“And the Prime Minister said – he had not even thought -” Yes … I can not go “. “
ID Downing Street denies the incident and Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
Long drive north
On March 27 last year, four days after the closure, Mr Cummings took his wife and son from London to his parents’ farm in County Durham.
- While living there, he took a 30-mile road trip to Barnard Castle on April 12, which was later a test of his eyes before driving a 260-mile drive back to London.
- When this information was released they aroused great anger – with suspicion of double standards at a time when the government had banned all but long-distance travel.
- In an interview with the BBC, Mr Cummings said that during a trip to Barnard Castle, he had been trying to find out “Do I feel good about driving?”
He also said he decided to move his family to Central Durham before his wife was attacked by Covid for security reasons in his London home.
Asked why he gave the “100% false” story while holding a special press conference in Downing Street garden on May 25, Mr Cummings admitted that “the way we handled the whole thing was wrong”. “What I should have done was just leave it at that,” he said, “or I should have talked to my family and said, ‘Listen, we’re going to have to come out in the open about this.’ ”
Mr. Cummings has been repeatedly challenged throughout the conversation to support the nature of his events. He said many of his applications would be substantiated if there was a public inquiry.
- A spokesman for Downing Street said: “Since the outbreak began, the prime minister has taken the necessary steps to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice.
- “The government he is leading has introduced the fastest vaccine strike in Europe, saved millions of jobs through the genocide and prevented the NHS from becoming frustrated by the country’s three closures.
- “The government is totally focused on getting out with vigilance from this epidemic and getting back to it better.”