Boris Johnson’s former advisor, Dominic Cummings, launches violent attacks against his former boss. Punched text messages put the prime minister in trouble.
Violent attacks on the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Its former senior adviser Dominic Cummings has defended himself against allegations that he is responsible for passing embarrassing text messages from the Prime Minister and other government officials to the media.
In a long post on his website on Friday, Cummings accused Johnson Communications Minister Jack Doyle of “making a number of false accusations against the media at the request of the prime minister.”
‘Standards of efficiency and integrity are declining’
“It is sad to see how deeply the prime minister and his office have retreated from the standards of competence and integrity that the country deserves,” Cummings wrote. At the same time, he came up with counterclaims that shone a light on Johnson.
The background to this is a series of punched text messages from members of the government, which raised suspicions about unfair lobbying. Among other things, it was about an exchange of short messages between Johnson and billionaire businessman James Dyson. British newspapers reported on Friday that Johnson employees suspected Cummings was behind the leaks.
Dominic Cummings: Johnson’s former chief advisor is a strong critic of the prime minister. (Source: Reuters)
For his part, Cummings accused the British Prime Minister of obstructing an internal investigation into what was previously revealed because the person responsible was a friend of his fiancée, Carrie Symonds.
He also spoke widely about Johnson’s alleged plans to finance the renovation of his Downing Street apartment, secretly from private donors. Cummings wrote that he refused to help Johnson with these plans, telling him that they were “immoral, stupid, and possibly illegal.” He offered to repeat his allegations under oath and prove them with the help of private text messages.
The opposition criticizes the alleged cover-up
The opposition described what was revealed as “extremely harmful”. Labor shadow minister Che Onurah told the Radio Times that they had shown that “this story” of how the country is implementing “via WhatsApp messages with friends” is no exception. Labor Vice President Angela Rayner accused the conservative government of “hesitating between cover-up and deception.” On the other hand, a Downing Street spokesperson denied all allegations against Johnson.
Cummings left his position as Johnson’s top adviser last December. He is considered one of the architects of Johnson’s campaign to leave the European Union in 2016, but at the same time caused controversy due to his confrontational political style. According to media reports, there should have been major disagreements over the chancellor’s role in the cabinet.