- Boris Johnson wanted to be infected with Covid on live TV, his former assistant Dominic Cummings said
- Cummings is about to claim that Johnson called the virus a ‘Kung flu’ and resisted lockdowns because he believed “He only kills people who are 80 years old.”
- He appeared before a House of Commons committee on Wednesday to outline his demands.
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Boris Johnson wanted to be infected with the coronavirus on live television to show there was nothing to be afraid of, former aide to the Prime Minister Dominic Cummings said on Wednesday.
Cummings appeared before a House of Commons committee to present a series of potentially damaging allegations about his former boss.
These included allegations that Johnson wanted to be injected with the virus on live television by one of his senior advisers.
“In February, the Prime Minister saw this as a scary story,” Cummings told MPs.
“The point of view of a lot of people was that if the Prime Minister said it was just like swine flu, don’t worry, I will have [chief medical officer] Chris Whitty to inject it live on TV wouldn’t help. “
The Prime Minister would later be infected with the virus and end up in intensive care.
Cummings also apologized to the families of those who had lost their lives to the pandemic.
“The truth is, top ministers, top officials, top advisers like me, have failed disastrously,” Cummings said.
“When the country needed it most, the government failed it.”
He added: “I would like to tell all the families of the deceased how sorry I am for the mistakes that were made.”
A report by the Daily Mail suggests that Cummings will also claim that Johnson:
- Labeled the coronavirus “Kung Flu” in imitation of Donald Trump.
- That he was reluctant to lock down because “it just kills 80-year-olds.”
- He said he preferred the “bodies to pile up” rather than the lockdown a second time.
- Did not act in the first wave because he was on vacation with his fiancee.
- Initially refused a second lockdown because “I’m going to be the mayor of Jaws”.
Cummings is supposed to claim that Johnson suggested that “the great danger is not Kung-Flu but the harm done in trying to stop him.”
“I was right from the start and shouldn’t have been pushed into the first lockdown. The economic damage from lockdowns is more damaging than the loss of life caused by Covid.”
Downing Street believes Cummings, who was kicked out of office last year following an internal row over the influence of Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds, is determined to take revenge on Johnson.
He will appear before a joint House of Commons committee for nearly four hours and would be prepared with private internal messages exposing what he believes are the Johnson administration’s failures in tackling the pandemic.