Dominic Cummings 'Prince Harry of Downing Street' says expert
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Mr Cummings, who was thrown into the public eye during his tenure as Boris Johnson’s closest advisor when he travelled across the country while his wife was suffering from coronavirus symptoms, is expected to offer evidence for up to four hours. Mr Johnson’s right-hand man left his position at the end of 2020 after months of seeing his former friend through the pandemic.
Mr Cummings has suggested, through a barrage of tweets over recent days, that he will show never before seen documents which are likely to be damaging to Mr Johnson.
The session is expected to reveal a number of truth bombs the Prime Minister will likely be less than pleased with, including the Government’s supposed pursual of a herd immunity policy at the start of the pandemic.
Also expected is Mr Cummings being asked about Mr Johnson’s remarks about ‘letting the bodies pile high’ when faced with the prospect of a second coronavirus lockdown, and Mr Cummings has apparently kept recordings of key conversations between the former friends.
So, what exactly will Mr Cummings be asked – and most importantly – what will he reveal?
One of the persistent questions throughout the pandemic so far has been whether the Government acted fast enough to lockdown the UK, particularly prior to the first lockdown.
While it’s now largely accepted lockdowns have been a necessary part of containing the disease, the Government at first wanted to pursue a herd immunity strategy, letting as many people become infected as possible to allow natural immunity to occur.
This is something which would have likely killed hundreds of thousands more than the UK’s current death toll, which has passed 150,000.
Mr Cummings has previously insisted this was the Government’s original line of action before changing course and plunging the UK into lockdown on March 23, 2020.
As he said in May 22 tweets: “Herd immunity by Sep was literally the official plan in all docs/graphs/meetings until it was ditched…No10 decided to lie…v foolish & appalling ethics to lie about it.”
How well was the UK prepared?
The UK had no such plan for a major respiratory disease to cause a pandemic and only had a plan if there was a serious flu breakout.
Mr Cummings has previously said that the “plan” was “part disaster, part nonexistent.”
He could also possibly comment on Health Secretary Matt Hancock being the person best placed for the role at such an important time.
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Mr Cummings has previously said the UK’s border policy was a “joke”, and is expected to blast the Government for not shutting borders sooner.
He said in a tweet on May 17: “There’s a general western problem based on nonsense memes like ‘asians all do as they’re told it won’t work here’. This is what many behavioural science ‘experts’/charlatans argued, disastrously, in Feb2020.
“This nonsense is STILL influencing policy, eg our joke borders policy.”
Mr Cummings has long insisted he has always been pro-lockdown, and will likely tear into the Government when asked if the UK could have lessened its economic damage if it has taken other routes.
He tweeted: “One of the biggest misunderstandings, spread by political pundits even now, is the ‘tradeoff’ argument.
“Fact: evidence clear that fast hard effective action best policy for economy AND for reducing deaths/suffering.”
Test and trace
The UK’s test and trace programme has long been a maligned and heavily criticized element of the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis and is yet another thing the former No 10 advisor is expected to blast Mr Johnson for.
Mr Cummings said last week: “If mass testing had been developed properly earlier in year as could/should have been, would probably have avoided lockdowns 2&3 while awaiting vaccine.”
He added: “Even though the Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary and I all told [in September] most senior HR and procurement officials to treat mass testing ‘like a wartime project’, ignore their usual bull**** multimonth processes, mass testing hugely hampered by Whitehall’s optimisation for ‘[awful] process over results’.”
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