Boris Johnson described Matt Hancock as ‘totally f***ing hopeless,’ according to Dominic Cummings leak


oris Johnson allegedly branded Matt Hancock’s performance on testing as “totally f***ing hopeless” and considered giving some of his responsibilities to Michael Gove, according to bombshell text messages.

The Prime Minister’s former aide Dominic Cummings released another one of his incendiary blogs about the Government’s handling of the pandemic on Wednesday morning.

Accompanying it was a series of screenshots, apparently showing correspondence between himself and Mr Johnson.

In one message, sent early in the pandemic, Mr Cummings complains about the UK’s testing programme led by Matt Hancock and compares it to how well the USA is doing.

The former aide, adds: “We are still stuck on about 5-7k and MH saying today he’s ‘sceptical’ about getting to 10k by Monday which he said would ‘definitely’ happen on Tuesday. This means tens of 1000s of NHS staff aren’t at work over next critical three weeks…”

Mr Johnson appears to reply: “Totally f***ing hopeless.”


Mr Cummings said the exchange took place at 11.39pm on March 26 last year “minutes before” the PM tested positive for covid.

Although Mr Cummings insists that Mr Johnson’s expletive remark was aimed at Mr Hancock, the PM did not actually mention him by name.

However, in another exchange on the following morning of March 27, the Prime Minister allegedly refers to Mr Hancock as “hopeless” in a conversation about ventilators.

According to the screenshots, Mr Cummings messaged the PM to complain that Department of Health officials had turned down ventilators because prices had been “marked up”.

The Prime Minister apparently replied: “It’s Hancock. He has been hopeless.”

In another exchange on April 27 the PM allegedly describes the situation around personal protective equipment [PPE] as “a disaster” and appears to suggest diverting some responsibilities from Mr Hancock to Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove.


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