According to Cummings, Johnson mentioned: “I’m going to see the Queen … that’s what I do every Wednesday. Sod this. I’m going to go and see her.”
“You can’t go and see the Queen. What if you go and see her and give the Queen coronavirus? You obviously can’t go,” Cummings responded. “I just said, ‘If you give her coronavirus and she dies, what are you going to [do]? You can’t do that. You can’t risk that. That’s completely insane.'”
“And [Johnson] said — he basically just hadn’t thought it through — ‘Yeah … I can’t go.'”
A Downing Street spokesperson flatly denied Cummings’s claims.
The adviser claimed that Johnson was prepared to let the illness “wash through the country” in order to cease the economic system from falling aside as a result of he believed the folks dying had been “essentially all over 80,” and subsequently much less economically energetic.
Cummings additionally claimed that Johnson rebuffed the recommendation of his most senior scientific and medical advisers to impose more durable restrictions, and pointed to the right-wing media’s requires fewer restrictions when justifying his actions.
According to Cummings, the Prime Minister at one level referred to as the Daily Telegraph, a right-leaning newspaper for which Johnson has labored on and off in numerous roles since the Nineteen Eighties, his “real boss.”
Responding to the allegations, a Downing Street spokesperson informed NCS in a press release that 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 interview is the newest in a string of allegations made by Cummings since departing from his job in Downing Street final November following an inner energy battle.
The most vital second in the Cummings-Johnson spat got here in May of this yr, when Cummings gave proof to Members of Parliament. During the session with MPs, he mentioned on the file that Johnson would fairly see “bodies pile high” than impose lockdown restrictions, that the Prime Minister failed to take the illness significantly at the earliest levels of the pandemic, and at one stage supplied to have England’s chief medical officer “inject him with Covid” stay on air to show it was nothing to fear about.
Cummings’ feedback had been rebuffed at the time by Downing Street and allies of the Prime Minister urged to NCS that the former aide’s credibility was undermined by his clear private vendetta in opposition to the Prime Minister.
The appointment of Cummings, who was the mastermind of the 2016 Brexit marketing campaign, has been one of the most controversial elements of Johnson’s tenure as Prime Minister. During his time as an adviser, he severely broken Johnson’s repute when it emerged he had traveled a whole lot of miles after displaying signs of Covid-19, regardless of the nation being in a nationwide lockdown. Johnson stood by Cummings, costing him public approval.