Today the Prime Minister’s former chief advisor is to deliver what some have branded “box office viewing” as Dominic Cummings will appear before two Parliamentary Committees today.
It is expected that Cummings will tell the Committee that Boris Johnson justified the autumn lockdown delay and claims he said “Covid is only killing 80-year-olds.”
Cummings will also allege that Johnson referred to coronavirus as “Kung Flu” and said he is happy to be injected with the virus on live TV, to “show its nothing to be scared of,” the Daily Mail reports.
Shortly after the Prime Minister was in hospital with the virus and he said once he was discharged he was that poorly he could have gone either way.
The newspaper also reports that Johnson was slow to act over the pandemic as he was on a “prolonged holiday” with Carrie Symonds, his partner in February 2020.
It is also expected that Cummings will tell MPs that Johnson allegedly said, “I’m going to be the mayor of Jaws, like I should have been in March,” in trying to not have a lockdown late last year.
In the Steven Spielberg film Jaws, the Mayor of the town kept the beaches open even though there was a rise in shark attacks. Johnson allegedly said that the Mayor was the “real hero” to keep the beaches open.
Another government source told the Mirror that Johnson dismissed the virus and said, “If I was 80 I wouldn’t care, I’d be more worried about the economy.”
A No 10 spokesman said, “There is a huge task for this Government to get on with. ‘We are entirely focused on recovering from the pandemic, moving through the roadmap and distributing vaccines while delivering on the public’s priorities.
“Throughout this pandemic, the government’s priority has been to save lives, protect the NHS and support people’s jobs and livelihoods across the United Kingdom.”
However, Downing Street fell short by not denying that Johnson did make those comments and they were concerned that the Prime Minister would lead to him being labelled the “Grandma killer.”