Boris Johnson should be worried if Dominic Cummings really did record conversations in government – Steve Cardownie
If anyone ever wondered why Boris Johnson showed so much loyalty to his former chief advisor, Dominic Cummings, when a significant campaign calling for his dismissal was mounting, they now need look no further than the current war of words.
After travelling from London to his parent’s farm in Durham last May during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, as well as paying a visit to Barnard Castle to “test his eyesight” prior to driving home, the Prime Minister said that he had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”.
His so-called reasons for undergoing the round trip, given at a press conference in the garden of 10 and 11 Downing Street, were roundly scoffed at and the calls for his resignation grew ever louder, but neither he, nor Boris Johnson, buckled under the pressure and he continued to serve until he resigned on 13 November last year.
Now he has hit the headlines again. Accused by Downing Street of being responsible for a series of damaging leaks, which he has strenuously denied, Cummings has hit back in his blog post and has embroiled the Prime Minister in a brouhaha over who paid for a reputed £200,000 refurbishment of the flat he shares with his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, above 11 Downing Street.
According to a friend, Cummings “has audio recordings of key government conversations and can back up a lot of his claims” so further revelations are likely to ensue, which must be a worrying prospect for Johnson as he attempts to deny the current accusations! Watch this space!