In an interview to BBC Dominic Cummings has revealed details on the last-year events and Johnson’s attitude towards the pandemic.
On Tuesday Dominic Cummings gave an interview to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg. It is the first time Johnson’s former chief adviser participates in a tête-à-tête interview.
According to Cummings, the British PM was reluctant to impose further COVID restrictions last autumn since the people dying were predominantly elderly citizens over 80. Boris Johnson also denied that the NHS would be overwhelmed.
Cummings reported that the PM would rather save the economy by letting COVID invade the country.
Dominic shared the messages that presumably Johnson sent last October.
“I must say I have been slightly rocked by some of the data on Covid fatalities. The median age is 82 – 81 for men 85 for women. That is above life expectancy. So get Covid and live longer. Hardly anyone under 60 goes into hospital (4%) and of those virtually all survive.”
Another topic discussed during the interview was the PM’s weekly meetings with the Queen. Cummings claims that Johnson desired to continue his visits even though he was warned that Queen Elizabeth could die of COVID taking into account her considerable age. The aide even had to stop the PM, Cummings reports. Downing Street denied the claims, Buckingham Palace refused to give comments.
The former chief adviser has also presumed that Johnson’s condition after having been infected was close to death and that after being discharged from hospital the PM stated that he should have never consented to the first lockdown.
Besides Cummings mentioned that Johnson referred to the Telegraph as “my real boss” and expressed utmost concerns about the right-wing press and the Conservative party’s opinion.
The PM’s administration has already commented on the interview.
“Since the start of the pandemic, the prime minister has taken the necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice. The government he leads has delivered the fastest vaccination rollout in Europe, saved millions of jobs through the furlough scheme, and prevented the NHS from being overwhelmed through three national lockdowns. The government is entirely focused on emerging cautiously from the pandemic and building back better.”
Cummings has conducted numerous attacks on his former boss after leaving in December, including a seven-hour committee meeting with MPs and through a new subscription blog.