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Boris Johnson admitted it was 'ludicrous' for him to be PM, claims Cummings



Boris Johnson knew he was unfit to be Prime Minister, and admitted it would be “ludicrous” for him to be put in charge of the country, Dominic Cummings has claimed.

And he claimed scientific advisors had told the Prime Minister not to perform his “big bang” reopening on July 19.

The former top aide unleashed another volley of criticism of Mr Johnson, despite having helped to secure his position in No10.

In a new post on his Substack email newsletter, Mr Cummings recounted conversations he had with Mr Johnson during his time as Vote Leave chief and senior No10 advisor.

He said he knew that Mr Johnson was “unfit to be PM”, adding: “We also knew that he knew too, since he’d told us.”

And Mr Cummings indicated he had considered manoeuvres to unseat Mr Johnson, if the PM sought to marginalise him after the 2019 election.

He wrote: “If we win the election then he tries to move us out of No 10, we can try to move him out of No 10 – two can play at that game – and we can use reshuffles to move some much more able people into position.”

He said Mr Johnson had admitted it was “ludicrous” for him to be PM after the EU referendum and shortly after the resignation of David Cameron.

Mr Cummings wrote: “On 24 June 2016 in Vote Leave HQ, just after Cameron had resigned, Boris pulled me into the odd little room where the ‘campaign within the campaign’ was run. What now?

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“Boris told me with a laugh, ‘Obviously it’s ludicrous me being PM – but no more ludicrous than Dave (Cameron) or George, don’t you think?’

“I agreed and reminded him of the main elements of the deal we’d agreed with (Michael) Gove about what to do next.”

Mr Cummings left Downing Street in November last year following a furious internal power struggle with the Prime Minister’s then-fiancee, Carrie Symonds.

Following weeks of criticism of Mr Johnson, Mr Cummings wrote that he had been questioned about why he took up the Downing Street role “if you knew Boris was so hopeless” and why he was involved in the 2019 general election.

Mr Cummings said that in spring 2019, he and his team had discussed the “pros and cons” of him becoming Prime Minister, writing that Mr Johnson’s time as foreign secretary was a “severe warning of the dangers ahead”.

He said he decided to “roll the dice” and support efforts to get Mr Johnson into Number 10, over fears of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister and the possibility of a second EU referendum.

Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in 2019 after winning the Conservative Party leadership race, following the resignation of Theresa May, and went on to secure a landslide win at the general election later that year.

During a question and answer session with readers, Mr Cummings was asked whether he thought Mr Johnson was right to push ahead with scrapping almost all Covid-19 laws on July 19.

Mr Cummings replied: “Obviously not, and No10 has been told by scientific advisers not to do what they’re doing.”

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Downing Street said the claim was “not accurate”

In his lengthy blog post, Mr Cummings also attacked the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Johnson, claiming that she was often “literally whispering” in Mr Johnson’s ear.

He said that the Prime Minister’s personality changed last year when “Boris-Carrie mode” was created, adding that he intended to write more blog posts about the couple’s relationship.

“In 2020, a new and very unwelcome version appeared – Boris-Carrie mode – which, like some demonic Russian virus, started overwriting previous Boris versions,” he wrote.

Asked about the blog post on Monday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman told Westminster reporters: “As I have said on a number of occasions, I don’t plan to engage with every allegation made.”





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