Former No. 10 Advisor Dominic Cummings Has renewed its attacks on Boris Johnson In the wake of a scathing report on the government’s response Covid Crisis — Calling his former boss a “comedy prime minister.”
Cummings claimed that Johnson had failed his own efforts to improve the emergency plan at Whitehall – and that the system remained a “disaster” 18 months after the epidemic.
This follows Tuesday’s worst report by the Science and Health Select Committees, which delayed the imposition of lockdown ratings on one of the country’s worst public health failures.
“The government’s handling of crises is a disaster,” Cummings told Sky News. “The system was worse than Kovid many years ago. I and others worked to improve the system in 2020 after the first wave.
He said: “Unfortunately the Prime Minister, being a joke, didn’t pursue that.
Kovid blamed the failure of the government on the outbreak of the epidemic to lose lives, focusing on “malignancy” and the epidemic of the flu.
The report provided some justification for the former health secretary Matt HancockHe described his goal of running 100,000 Kovid tests in a single day, in April 2020 as “ideal for promoting rapid change in the system.”
Cummings, who had previously called Hancock’s target “stupid” – rejected the idea that the former health secretary had strengthened the system.
“There was already one [testing] The goal before Hancock blurted it out on TV, “he said.” The problem with the target is not the goal.
Johnson’s former senior adviser added: “The way [Hancock] It announced that it caused a lot of problems – it is not true that it already has a target of 100,000.
Other parts of the report supported Cummings’ claims of passive government, finding that “structures that offer scientific advice lack transparency … and are a constructive challenge.”
Cabinet Office Minister Stephen Barclay has repeatedly refused to apologize in the wake of the report’s publication, urging the minister to “make decisions to move quickly.”
Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who chairs the Health Selection Committee, said the government was too concerned about the “think” flu and failed to adequately plan for an epidemic like Covid.
He told ITV Good morning Britain The UK should have been on lockdown before and “the Prime Minister is ultimately responsible, but some of the advice he received is also wrong”.
Mr Hunt added: “There was a group thinking that the way you deal with the epidemic should be similar to the flu epidemic. I was part of that group when I was Health Secretary.”
But fellow conservative MP Chris Skidmore said Mr Hunt had not taken on enough responsibility.
“I think it is a bit rich to make a report today from the former health secretary. He does not want to take the part of the guilty,” he told the BBC Political Live. “Jeremy Hunt was secretary of health for six years. Where’s the preparation here?”.
Meanwhile, grieving families reacted angrily to the MP’s report, angry that people who had died from Kovid had received little mention in the 150-page document. He said the Joint Committee was only interested in “talking to their colleagues and friends.”