Whilst the UK Prime Minister has been in Cornwall in the United Kingdom meeting the other leaders in the G7 summit as well as the Queen, his former aide Dominic Cummngs has been causing controversy back in London.
In a bombshell moment, Cummings has released private text messages between himself and current prime minister Boris Johnson. The messages are revealing of the chaos in number 10 Downing Street last year in March 2020 as the coronavirus crisis began to unfold. The inquiry that has unearthed these messages has been into the government’s handling of the coronavirus covid-19 crisis that has drastically altered life as we know it around the world since last year.
With over 128,000 deaths in the UK from coronavirus so far, the handling of the pandemic has been hot news. The recent enquiry has revealed how tensions in number 10 potentially created delays and confusion within the general public when it came to the government’s approach to the pandemic.
It is not unheard of for former government aides to release private messages between themselves and government leadership, however to release such information whilst a prime minister is still in their role is more unusual. Cummings did not hold back in the requiry however, releasing multiple private exchanges between himself and Boris Johnson.
In the messages the prime minister can be seen coming across as useless, often deferring to Cummings and exclaiming at the situation. Notably he uses the text shorthand of ‘WTF’ to stand in for ‘what the f**k’. Most shockingly however, is when the prime minister calls the Health Secretary Matt Hancock ‘useless’.
The prime minister had been unwell with the coronavirus himself at the same time the Heath Secretary declared the government would reach a target figure of 100,000 covid-19 tests per day. Although the news was applauded, there was also criticism of the government’s approach which was seen to prioritise numbers and media spin over efficient distribution in order to best combat the virus.