Dominic Cummings: Kuenssberg warns about public evidence
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Dominic Cummings appeared at a committee earlier this week which was investigating the Government’s handling of the pandemic in the first few months of lockdown and is expected to return to give more evidence in May. The former aide said the Department of Health was a “smoking ruin” during his first appearance with Laura Kuenssberg warning Mr Cummings would gladly reveal the Government’s pandemic failures in a stark warning to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Mr Cummings angered the public when he decided to travel to Durham during the tight lockdown measures after urging others to stay at home.
Ms Kuenssberg appeared on the Andrew Marr Show and said: “Well, we got a little flavour of the kinds of things that the Prime Minister’s always controversial but very much former adviser might be willing to say when he appeared in front of MPs this week.
“He already took some pretty significant potshots at the Department of Health saying it was a smoking ruin after it tried to grapple with PPE.
“And he made it very public that he’s only too happy to come forward with this evidence about the rest of the handling of the pandemic later next month.
“I think that both he and other people involved would be really quite willing to give their side of the story.
“But when you talk to people who were involved in making the decisions what came back to me time and time again was the real kind of agony of the dilemmas.
“Very often in politics people say it’s not a matter of life and death it’s just a decision, it’s just politics, we’ll just have to kind of do what we can you’ve got to come up with a decision.
“This felt very different this time and one of the conversations I had that really sticks in my mind is a senior minister said to me we just have to accept that it was perfectly possible to have been wrong.
“And I could almost tell by talking to him that they carry that burden with them.
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“I think acknowledging that some things did go wrong and some mistakes were made but these decisions were you know nearly impossible and also so strange.
“One of the other things that really sticks in my mind is an official who was in the room in some of these conversations and said at the very beginning they went away and Googled whether or not they shut the schools during the war.
“You know the strangeness and the scramble of the decisions that they had to make are really profound and you know this time last year on March 21, none of us had no idea how this was going to pan out, it’s been astonishing.”
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Dominic Cummings will return to the committee in May to give more evidence on the Government’s handling of the pandemic.
He urged parliament to have an “urgent and very, very hard look in this building into what went wrong and why”.
The former aide also blasted the PPE procurement scandal at the beginning of the pandemic.
The UK is has vaccinated over 25 million people so far as Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised health workers this week during a No10 presser.
Restrictions are set to be lifted next month however a leaked NHS letter warned vaccine production would fall at the end of the month meaning the rollout would slow down.
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