Dominic Cummings Says Ministers “Fell Disastrously Short” in Covid Handling

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    Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings began his testimony to the U.K. Parliament by telling MPs that “senior ministers, senior officials, advisers fell disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect in a crisis like this.”

    “When the public needed us most, the government failed,” Cummings said. “I want to say sorry.”

    Johnson is facing an onslaught of criticism over his handling of the pandemic and his suitability to be British prime minister from Cummings.

    Giving evidence to a parliamentary hearing, Cummings said Johnson did not take the Covid crisis seriously enough at the start and isn’t suited to the role of 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.

    The risk for Johnson is that the revelations bring an abrupt end to the run of positive headlines he’s received over the U.K.’s successful vaccine rollout, and optimism over the end of lockdown, even though Cummings himself is a controversial character.

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