Dominic Cummings on plan to 'get rid' of Boris Johnson
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As the Prime Minister’s former chief aide, Dominic Cummings used to be at the centre of policymaking at Downing Street. But after Mr Cummings left his role in late 2020, he has made several negative claims about Boris Johnson and the Government over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a rundown of some of the claims Mr Cummings has made over the past year.
Social gathering at Downing Street against his advice
Mr Cumming’s most recent bombshell involved a social gathering in the gardens of Number 10, despite Covid rules appearing to outlaw such gatherings at the time.
In a blog post on January 7, Mr Cummings said he was told an event “definitely happened” in the Number 10 garden.
He wrote: “On Wednesday 20 May … a senior No 10 official invited people to ‘socially distanced drinks’ in the garden.”
He added that he and “at least one other spad” said “that this seemed to be against the rules and should not happen” but that they were “ignored”.
Mr Cummings dropped this bombshell on his blog where he often makes scathing claims against the Government.
But Mr Cummings has rejected claims that a photo taken five days earlier showing him with the PM, his wife Carrie Johnson and several others with wine glasses showed evidence of an after-work party.
He said it was common for meetings to be held in the garden at the time.
Prime Minister ‘not fit for office’
Shortly after Mr Cummings left Number 10 he lashed out at Boris Johnson as he said he was “not fit for office.”
In May 2021, during a seven-hour joint session of the Health and Social Care and Science and Technology committees, Mr Cummings repeatedly criticised the PM and his ministers.
He said the “Government failed” and “tens of thousands of people died, who didn’t need to die,” because of the Government’s handling of the crisis.
He claimed the PM said he would rather see “bodies pile high” than order a third lockdown.
PM distracted by Dilyn the dog
Mr Cummings described one “crazy” day in March 2020 when the Prime Minister apparently seems to be more occupied with a story about Carrie Johnson’s dog Dilyn than plans for a national lockdown and a bombing campaign in Iraq.
He said: “Suddenly, the national security people came in and said, ‘Trump wants us to join a bombing campaign in the Middle East tonight’.”
He claims at there same time Mrs Johnson “was going completely crackers” over a story about her dog Dilyn.
He added: “So, we have this sort of completely insane situation in which part of the building was saying, ‘are we going to bomb Iraq?’, part of the building was arguing about whether or not we’re going to do quarantine or not do quarantine, the Prime Minister has his girlfriend going crackers about something completely trivial.”
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