Boris braces for another onslaught from Dominic Cummings as maverick ex-No10 chief promises to answer ‘anything’ online tomorrow – but Twitter wags ask if he could ‘beat Matt Hancock in a fight
- Dominic Cummings is asking people to subscribe for him to answer questions
- Ex-No10 aide says will answer ‘anything’ in web session due to happen tomorrow
- Twitter wags posing questions such as ‘would you beat Matt Hancock in fight?’
Boris Johnson is bracing for another onslaught from Dominic Cummings tomorrow as the maverick former No10 chief promises to answer ‘anything’.
Mr Cummings could step up his bitter war on the ‘gaffe machine’ PM and his former government colleagues in the online session – which is only open to paying ‘subscribers’.
However, Twitter wags have already posed a host of mock questions including: ‘Could you beat Matt Hancock in a fight?’
After a period of silence after being ousted from No10 in November, Mr Cummings has been making up for lost time, with a marathon seven hour diatribe in evidence to a Commons committee last month.
That included allegations that Mr Hancock ‘lied’ about the pandemic response – something the health secretary flatly denies – and that Mr Johnson considered sacking him.
Boris Johnson is bracing for another onslaught from Dominic Cummings (pictured) tomorrow as the maverick former No10 chief promises to answer ‘anything’
The online session with Mr Cummings is only open to paying ‘subscribers’
In the latest salvo on Friday, Mr Cummings branded Mr Johnson (pictured) a ‘gaffe machine’ who is ‘clueless about policy and government’
He revealed private messages from the PM last week designed to back up his points.
They showed that in one exchange from March 27 last year, Mr Cummings criticised the Health Secretary over the failure to ramp up testing.
Mr Johnson replied: ‘Totally f****** hopeless.’ He then tried to call his senior aide three times without managing to get through.
Another from the same day saw Mr Cummings complain that the Department of Health had been turning down ventilators because ‘the price has been marked up’. Mr Johnson said: ‘It’s Hancock. He has been hopeless.’
On April 27, Mr Johnson apparently messaged Mr Cummings to say that PPE was a ‘disaster’, suggesting that Michael Gove should take charge instead.
‘I can’t think of anything except taking Hancock off and putting Gove on.’
Mr Cummings dropped the incendiary revelations in a lengthy post on the Substack blogging platform just minutes before PMQs – the same place he will be answering questions.
The post also featured vicious passages condemning Mr Johnson for ‘telling rambling stories and jokes’ instead of chairing crucial meetings properly, and a claim that the PM is intending to quit in order to ‘make money’ rather than serving a full term if he wins the next election.
In another salvo on Friday, Mr Cummings branded Mr Johnson a ‘gaffe machine’ who is ‘clueless about policy and government’.
Mr Cummings highlighted the refusal to put Mr Johnson up for an interview with Andrew Neil, then a feared BBC interrogator and now working for GB News.
The snub caused anger at the time with the premier accused of dodging scrutiny, while Jeremy Corbyn did agree to a grilling.
But Mr Cummings mocked the idea that it was a ‘huge campaign blunder’.
‘Why the f*** wd be put a gaffe machine clueless about policy & government up to be grilled for ages, upside=0 for what?!’ he wrote.
Mr Cummings’ allegations have included that Mr Hancock (pictured) ‘lied’ about the pandemic response – something the health secretary flatly denies
In an exchange with Boris Johnson from March 27 last year Dominic Cummings criticised the Health Secretary over the failure to ramp up testing
On April 27, Mr Johnson apparently messaged Mr Cummings to say that PPE was a ‘disaster’
Mr Cummings gave a brutal assessment of the performance of the government during an exchange of messages in April 2020
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