Dominic Cummings has accused the Boris Johnson of caring more about his own ‘personal politics’ than people’s lives during the pandemic.
The PM’s former chief adviser claimed Mr Johnson of wanting to appease Tory MPs ‘who had lost their minds’ than the public’s health over lockdowns.
His scathing comments came during a bombshell sit down with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg on Tuesday night.
He blasted the Prime Minister for an hour on a range of topics, including the role of his wife Carrie and whether he is fit to run the country.
But he also laid into his old boss on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it was ‘like a disaster movie’.
The PM’s former chief adviser claimed Mr Johnson of wanting to appease Tory MPs ‘who had lost their minds’ than the public’s health over lockdowns
He told the BBC: ‘It was like a disaster movie but it was real. even in the first week of march [BJ] said ‘business as usual’, he didn’t take it seriously. his view was that it was like swine flu and that he had seen these sort of scares before.’
He painted an image of the Prime Minister flip-flopping over whether lockdowns were a good idea.
Over whether to bring in a second lockdown, he said Sir Keir Starmer had called for it so Mr Johnson thought it would be political suicide to be bounced into one.
He said; ‘He had a bunch of Tory MPs screaming at him, some of them similarly with Brexit had lost their minds and were saying all kinds of complete fake news about Covid.
‘And third he had the Telegraph, who he referred to as ”my real boss’. So he had those three things all pushing him not to act.’
Mr Cummings also revealed the government’s plan of herd immunity was questioned by a ‘very, very smart physicist’.
He said they spoke to him ahead of lockdown and said: ‘Look it doesn’t seem this has been thought out, has any of this been properly checked?’
And he said they asked him if they could look into another solution to beating the pandemic.
He admitted he and the rest of his Vote Leave allies began to clash with the then Carrie Symonds over who controlled the premier
Elsewhere Mr Cummings admitted he thought Mr Johnson being Prime Minister was ‘terrible for the country’.
The former de facto chief of staff in No 10 said he had found Mr Johnson to have ‘hopeless’ traits after working with him during the 2016 Brexit referendum, but agreed after he entered Downing Street three years later to assist him.
But Mr Cummings, who left No 10 in the autumn after a power struggle, admitted he was now working to bring an end to Prime Minister’s tenure.
Asked during a BBC interview aired on Tuesday whether he was looking to ‘hasten’ Mr Johnson’s departure from Downing Street, he said: ‘Certainly. The sooner he goes the better, for sure.’
In the hour-long broadcast, Mr Cummings said he had looked to ‘exploit’ the situation the country found itself in after Mr Johnson took power in 2019.
Mr Cummings, asked whether he had agreed to work with Mr Johnson so he could ‘get him to do what you wanted’, replied: ‘In part, yes. He didn’t know what he was doing but he did know that he needed help.’
In a fresh assault on his ex-boss, Dominic Cummings said he had to persuade the PM (pictured right) not to have his weekly audience with the monarch in case he gave her the fatal virus
The Vote Leave mastermind added: ‘I think it is terrible for the country but I keep trying to stress, you’ve got to balance up the different possibilities.
‘From a practical matter, all our options were bad, so it was, which is the least bad option? The least bad option seemed to be, exploit the current situation to try and push certain things through and get the country into a better position.’
Asked who was behind the decision to back Mr Johnson on the premise of securing Brexit, he replied: ‘Me and a network of people – some of us who did the Vote Leave campaign, some of us who did other things. A few dozen maybe.’
Responding to Mr Cummings’ criticism of Mr Johnson’s handling of the pandemic, Downing Street said the Prime Minister had ‘taken the necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice’.
Another revelation made by Mr Cummings was that he considered a coup against Mr Johnson only ‘days’ after the 2019 poll – during which he had helped him secure one of the largest general election wins in decades – due to fears the Conservative Party leader’s then-girlfriend, Carrie Johnson, was trying to oust Vote Leave personnel.
‘Before even mid-January we were having meetings in Number 10 saying it’s clear that Carrie (Johnson) wants rid of all of us,’ he said.
‘At that point we were already saying by the summer either we’ll all have gone from here or we’ll be in the process of trying to get rid of him and get someone else in as prime minister.’
He said there was a ‘big argument’ after Mrs Johnson, a former Tory head of communications, was looking to appoint and fire people ‘in ways that I thought were unethical and unprofessional’.
No 10 said political appointments are ‘entirely made by the Prime Minister’.
The 49-year-old also accused Mr Johnson of not having a plan for office and said he ‘doesn’t know how to be Prime Minister’, claiming his ‘only agenda’ to be ‘buy more trains, buy more buses, have more bikes and build the world’s most stupid tunnel to Ireland – that’s it’.