Dominic Cummings was asked about the language used in the autumn of last year as the UK headed for a second lockdown. Mr Cummings admitted that the Prime Minister had said he would rather see ‘the bodies piling up’ rather than putting the country in a third lockdown as the UK closed for the second time. SNP MP Carol Monaghan asked if Mr Cummings had heard the remarks, to which he replied, “I heard that in the Prime Minister’s study.” Wednesday was arguably the most damaging day in Mr Johnson’s tenure as Prime Minister as he faced a barrage of damning accusations alongside his ministers and other officials within his cabinet. government. Here are seven of Mr. Cummings’ best quotes.
Speaking of Matt Hancock, Mr Cummings said the health secretary’s performance had fallen “well, disastrously below the standards the country has come to expect”.
Mr Cummings said: ‘I have said on several occasions from February and March:’ If we don’t fire Mr Hancock and we don’t put the tests in someone else’s hands, we are going to kill people and it will be a disaster.
“The UK system is not designed to deal with a Secretary of State who repeatedly lies in meetings.”
He added: “I think the Secretary of State for Health should have been fired for at least 15, 20 things, including lying to everyone repeatedly in meeting after meeting in the Cabinet room and in public. .
“Hancock wanted to be able to go on TV and say ‘watch means my goal of 100,000’. I was criminal behavior that caused serious harm.
“[The Prime Minister] almost sent it back in April, but I basically wouldn’t.
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Mr Cummings said: ‘It’s just completely crackers that someone like me should have been in there, just like it’s crackers that Boris Johnson was there in, and that choice in the last election. was Jeremy Corbyn.
“There are so many thousands of wonderful people in this country who could provide better leadership than either of these two.
“If you randomly picked someone from the top 1% in this country, then they would have behaved differently than the Prime Minister.”
On the Prime Minister’s underestimation of the pandemic, he said: “In February, the Prime Minister saw this as just an alarming story, he described it as the new swine flu.
“He said, ‘I’m going to ask Chris Whitty to inject it into me live on TV, to show the audience that it’s nothing to be afraid of.’
Mr Cummings told the committee: “Part of the building was arguing over whether we were going to bomb Iraq, part was arguing over whether or not we were going to quarantine, and the Prime Minister’s girlfriend was making crackers. about something completely trivial.
“That morning the Times ran a story about the Prime Minister, his girlfriend and their dog, and she was angry and we had to deal with it.
“[The Prime Minister’s] girlfriend is desperate to get rid of me and my whole team.
“My resignation was definitely related to the fact that the Prime Minister’s girlfriend was trying to change a whole bunch of different appointments to number 10 and appoint her friends to particular jobs.
“In particular, she was trying to overrule the outcome of a formal hiring process for a particular job in a way that was not only completely unethical, but also clearly illegal.”
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Speaking on nursing homes during the Covid crisis, Mr Cummings said: ‘A lot of people who should have been tested weren’t tested, and they went back to nursing homes, then infected people, then that has spread like wildfire inside nursing homes.
“The government’s rhetoric was ‘we put a shield around people in nursing homes.’ Blah blah blah, that was completely absurd.
“It was completely absurd. On the contrary of putting a shield around them, we have sent people with Covid back to nursing homes.
The British approach to the borders
Mr Cummings said: “Basically there was no proper border policy because the Prime Minister never wanted a proper border policy.
“Time and time again, in meeting after meeting, myself and others have said that all we have to do is upload the Singapore or Taiwan documents in English and force them here.
“At the moment [after April] he was back: “the lockdown was a terrible mistake, I should have been the mayor of Jaws, we should never have closed one, the travel industry will be destroyed if we introduce a serious border policy.
Mr Cummings was damning about the tests, saying Mr Hancock had acted “incredibly stupid”.
He added: “We had half the government with me at number 10 frantically calling me saying don’t do what Hancock says build it right in the medium term.
“And we asked Hancock to call them all saying tools on this, do that, pause testing so I can hit my target.”
“In my opinion it [Hancock] should have been fired for this thing, and that in itself meant that the whole month of April was hugely disrupted by different parts of Whitehall basically trying to function in different ways completely because Hancock wanted to be able to go on TV and say ‘ look at me and my goal of 100,000 “.”
Dominic Cummings’ journey to Barnard Castle
On his own breach of the foreclosure rules, Mr Cummings said: ‘The whole thing was a complete disaster and the truth is – and then it has undermined public confidence as a whole – the truth is if I come. to go, the Prime Minister said on a Monday ‘we can’t hold that line, we’re going to have to explain things’, if I kick my family out of London and tell and tell the public the truth here, I think people would have understood the situation.
“It was a terrible error in judgment not to do that. So I guess … the Prime Minister was wrong, I was wrong.
“This whole episode has undoubtedly been a major disaster for the government and for Covid policy.”
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