Andrew Neil summarises Dominic Cummings interview with brilliant comment


    The former chief adviser to the Prime Minister delivered a damning verdict of the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as he gave evidence for more than seven hours to the Commons Health and Social Care, and Science and Technology Committees. Mr Cummings launched a scathing attack on a number of key decision makers and branded the Prime Minister “unfit for the job” and accused Health Secretary Matt Hancock of lying on a number occasions.

    The Prime Minister’s fiancé Carrie Symonds also did not escape the wrath of Mr Cummings who also took aim at the process experts used to tackle the virus.

    The 49-year-old also broke the watershed for swearing – forcing live broadcasters to issue an apology

    In a post on Twitter, Mr Neil wrote: “Whitehall awash in Cummings casualties this morning: PM, Cabinet Office, Cab Sec, Hancock, Dept Health, Carrie, Cobra, groupthink, Dilyn the dog, behavioural science, TV watershed for swearing. It’s carnage out there.”

    He added: “I should have added Cummings himself. But Chancellor Sunak and Larry the Cat aren’t even scratched.”

    In his evidence, Mr Cummings apologised to the public and said ministers, officials and advisers had fallen “disastrously short” of the standards they should expect in a crisis.

    He claimed the Prime Minister was not a “fit and proper person” to get the UK through the pandemic.

    Mr Cummings also claimed Mr Johnson dismissed the pandemic as a “scare story” at the beginning of 2020 and then had to be persuaded to lockdown in March.

    More to follow.


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