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Although Mr Cummings made a series of bombshell claims during his committee appearance yesterday, the former BBC man claimed the Prime Minister will not suffer the impacts of the allegations. In a further attack against the Prime Minister’s former adviser, Mr Neil warned he had “undermined” his case against his former employer. While Mr Cummings hit out at many within Government, the public will only remember him for driving to Barnard Castle during lockdown, Mr Neil claimed.
Due to the successful vaccine rollout, Mr Neil insisted Mr Cumming’s revelations will only be noticed by those in the “Westminster bubble”.
Writing for the MailOnline, Mr Neil wrote: “As his attacks escalated, however, he undermined his case by coming across as a man on a single-minded mission to exact revenge.
“And, for all the litany of error, muddle, potential scandal and downright incompetence he detailed in his testimony, I sense he’s unlikely to get his way.
“For a start, it’s not clear the public is that interested in what he has to say, however incendiary.
“The Westminster bubble is obsessed with him and in its collective eye he’s gone from duplicitous weirdo to courageous whistleblower in a matter of months.
“But a recent poll suggested only 16 per cent of people trust what he has to say.
“It’s not a strong base from which to overthrow the Government.
“For most folks, Cummings is still that guy who drove to Barnard Castle during lockdown with wife and family to ‘test’ his eyesight.”
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During his committee appearance on Wednesday, Mr Cummings claimed the Prime Minister was unfit for the job.
He also revealed the UK Government was woefully underprepared for the pandemic despite China and other East Asian countries going into lockdown.
According to the former adviser, Mr Cummings also warned the Prime Minister was too obsessed with the media.
Despite the bombshell remarks, the Tory party still holds a lead over Labour in YouGov’s latest poll tracker.
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According to fieldwork between May 19 to 20, the Conservatives are tracking at 46 percent, 18 points ahead of Labour in second.
As Mr Neil insisted, the vaccine rollout is the key to Mr Johnson’s popularity with the public as the economy opens up.
Mr Neil added: “Rightly or wrongly, people are likely to give more weight to the successful rollout of the vaccines, which is allowing us to come out of the pandemic, than the mess and muddle going into the pandemic, which already seems like another age.
“Vaccines are not just a health policy, they’re an economic policy, allowing a return to normality.
“They are the one unadulterated success story of the Government’s patchy pandemic record and the political dividend has been rich.
“Normally, at this time in a parliament, the opposition could expect to be ahead in the polls by double figures.”
Despite the allegations, the Prime Minister has denied Mr Cummigs’ claims and reiterated his support for Health Secretary, Matt Hancock.
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