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Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Dominic Cummings: “Completely Surreal Day” Derailed U.K. Government’s Plan to Impose Covid Measures” – below is their description.
Boris Johnson is facing an onslaught of criticism over his handling of the pandemic and his suitability to be British prime minister from his former adviser Dominic Cummings.
Giving evidence to a parliamentary hearing, Cummings said Johnson did not take the Covid crisis seriously enough at the start and suggested he should not be premier. He said ministers had “disastrously” failed the public, revealing that he had repeatedly urged Johnson to fire Health Secretary Matt Hancock for allegedly lying.
Cummings described a day of chaos in Johnson’s Downing Street office on March 12. He said the government’s emergency committee due to discuss Covid-19 was disrupted by national security concerns over a request from then U.S. President Donald Trump for the U.K. to join a military campaign in Iraq.
Meanwhile Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds was asking the press office to refute claims in a newspaper report about her dog, Dilyn, Cummings said.
“Part of the building was arguing about whether we were going to bomb Iraq, part was arguing about whether we were going to quarantine or not, and the prime minister’s girlfriend was going crackers about something completely trivial,” Cummings said.Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
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