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Boris Johnson: New attacks from ex


Boris Johnson's ex-advisor Dominic Cummings has stepped up: he published chat logs that again deal with alleged mistakes made by the British prime minister in the fight against the pandemic. Downing Street is silent.

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Dominic Cummings hands out again against Boris Johnson.

In a long post on his private website, the former advisor to the British Prime Minister accused his government of twisting the truth and glossing over its decisions in the corona pandemic.

Cummings also posted suspected screenshots of Johnson's private WhatsApp messages.

In it, the prime minister is said to have described his cabinet colleague and health minister Matt Hancock as "totally fucking hopeless" with regard to the development of the corona test system last year.

Downing Street does not deny

In another message, Johnson is said to have suggested removing Hancock from his post.

In the published excerpts, the sender is named as "Johnson Boris".

On request, Downing Street stated that it did not want to comment in detail on the pictures, but did not deny their authenticity.

A government spokesman told the PA news agency that the prime minister continued to have full confidence in Hancock.

It is not the first time that the former Johnson confidante has attacked the prime minister: In an hour-long questioning, he raised serious allegations against the government a few weeks ago.

Politicians failed, especially at the beginning of the pandemic.

Health Minister Hancock lied several times, for example when purchasing protective equipment or during corona tests for old people's and nursing homes.

Always acted with "honesty"

Hancock himself denied the allegations in an interrogation and asked Cummings to provide evidence to support his allegations.

"I got out of bed every morning with the view and attitude that it was my job to protect lives and to free this country from the pandemic," he emphasized to the committee last week.

He always acted with "honesty" and "integrity" and felt Johnson's trust.

Cummings, who became known as the key strategist behind the “Vote Leave” campaign for Brexit, left Downing Street late last year after a bitter internal power struggle in the inner circle of government headquarters.

as / dpa

Source: spiegel

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