Ave_IT":3c56su8s said:It was absolutely astonishing - unprecedented - jaw-dropping - take your pick of adjectives. He was THE MAN. The one at the very heart of government, in the room when decisions of life and death were made until just a few months ago. You cannot simply dismiss such evidence as lies from an embittered former colleague. Sure - like any decent historian reading a first hand account of momentous events we must take into account the bias and agenda of the source.
But much of what Cummings says is backed up by the facts and his account is nothing more than a window into the inner workings and pointing the finger at those responsible. Infected patients were released from hospital into care homes and it was utter b0ll0x when Hancock claimed a "protective ring" was placed around them. A LIE. Johnson was warned about the dangers of the second wave - many people (including Starmer) called for a 'fire break' lockdown in September but Bojo ploughed on insisting we could open up.....Eat-out-to-help-out, have a good Christmas etc. By then we all knew about Covid, the excuse of ignorance of the first wave doesn't hold. The chaos of test-and-trace is a matter of record so when Dom tells us Hancock was distracting everyone with simply having a stupid target of 100,000 tests a day just so he could crow about it in press conferences (even if it had bugger all effect because there was no follow up mechanism) - then his claim rings very true.
This is serious stuff. His chilling words that "thousands died needlessly" can't be ignored. If a person with a history of lying accuses others of telling lies it doesn't mean we shouldn't believe him - not if it's a first hand account that is supported by evidence. We need an enquiry.....but Bojo is trying to kick that particular can way down the road again. I wonder why?
I highlighted the "eat out to help out" part, because it was very telling that Cummings didn't attack "Dishy Rishi". In fact, the opposite: he said he thought Sunak had done well. And Raab did well (yes, Dom said this) when he stepped in as temporary leader when BoJo was in hospital. And he didn't even comment on his mate Gove. But when it came to Hancock and Boris (and Carrie), he was more than happy to put the boot in.
I reckon Cummings can see a shift in power coming at the top of the Tory party, and he's making his future allegiance clear.