Dominic Cummings: Johnson too focused on building ‘world’s dumbest tunnel’ to Northern Ireland
Boris Johnson is too focused on building the “world’s dumbest tunnel to Ireland” and doesn’t have a proper plan to rule the country, former aide Dominic Cummings said.
r Cummings has revealed he is seeking to oust Mr Johnson from his post as prime minister just weeks after helping him secure an 80-seat majority in the last election.
Mr Cummings, who left No 10 in the fall after a power struggle, accused Mr Johnson of not having a plan and said he “doesn’t know how to be prime minister”.
In an interview with the BBC, the mastermind of Vote Leave said he helped the Conservative Party win the ballot in December 2019 to settle the Brexit debate rather than because he strongly believed in his leadership.
In comments released last night, Mr Cummings was far from complimentary about Mr Johnson’s vision for the country.
He added: “He doesn’t have a plan, he doesn’t know how to be prime minister and we only got him in there because we had to solve a certain problem, not because he was the right one. no one to run the country. “
He added: “I had a plan, I was trying to get things done, he had no plan… he had no agenda.
“You know the Prime Minister’s only agenda is to buy more trains, buy more buses, have more bikes and build the world’s dumbest tunnel to Ireland – that’s it . “
Mr Cummings also laid bare the extent of the conflicted relationship between former Vote Leave officials and Mr Johnson’s current wife, Carrie Johnson, just weeks after the landslide victory.
“Even before mid-January, we had meetings at number 10 to say it’s clear Carrie (Johnson) wants to get rid of all of us,” the former de facto chief of staff said.
“At that point, we were already saying by the summer either that we will all be gone from here or that we will try to get rid of him and have someone else as prime minister.”
Mr Cummings claimed that in 2019, ahead of the election, Ms Johnson was happy that Vote Leave officials were working in Downing Street, but that later changed.
He said: “As soon as the election was won, his take was’ why should it be Dominic and the Vote Leave team? “Why shouldn’t I be pulling the strings?”
A former aide to Michael Gove when he was Education Secretary, Mr Cummings said his relationship with Mr Johnson was starting to break down “by the summer of 2020”, with the departure of him and the former communications director Lee Cain in November.
Explaining the split, Mr Cummings said the Prime Minister “was fed up with the media portraying him as some sort of puppet for the Vote Leave team, it was leading him around a corner”.
A spokesperson for Number 10 said: “Since the start of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has taken the necessary steps to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice.
“The government he heads ensured the fastest vaccination rollout in Europe, saved millions of jobs through the leave program and prevented the NHS from being overwhelmed by three nationwide lockdowns.
“The government is fully focused on a cautious exit from the pandemic and better reconstruction. “
The spokesperson added: “Political appointments are taken entirely by the prime minister.”
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