The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been grilled on Wednesday afternoon over his chief advisor, Dominic Cummings.
Johnson could be seen squirming and trying to avoid questions he was asked over Cummings, his actions and why he will not sack him.
Speaking from Downing Street via a video link to the Liaison Committee Johnson said it would not be a “good use of official time” to investigate Cummings.
He was asked why he had not ordered an investigation into Cummings’s actions, Johnson said, “I’m not certain, right now, that an inquiry into that matter is a very good use of official time.
“We’re working flat out on coronavirus.”
Speaking at the Committee, the Prime Minister said, “On that particular matter, all I would say is this has been going on for several days now, in the media at least.
“I, of course, am deeply sorry for all the pain and anxiety that people have been going through in this period.
“This country has been going through a most difficult time. We are asking people to do exceptionally tough things, separating them from their families.
“But I feel that my advisor, we’ve heard quite a lot of autobiography recently.
“I have commented on it, I think people know my views. I really don’t propose to add to it.
“I think what the public do want us to focus on uniting our message and focusing on their needs and explaining carefully what needs to be done to get our country through the next stage of this epidemic.”
Liaison Committee chairman Sir Bernard Jenkin asked if the government’s “moral authority” has now been undermined over the Cummings saga.
He said, “This has really been going on for several days now – in the media at least.
“I, of course, am deeply sorry for all the hurt and pain and anxiety that people have been going through throughout this period – this country has been going through a frankly most difficult time.
“We are asking people to do quite exceptionally tough things, separating them from their families.”
Johnson was clearly trying dodge questions over Cummings and is trying to sweep this under the carpet, as he said it is now time for Britain to move on from this.
Johnson said, “It’s been a very, very frustrating episode and I understand why people have been so concerned, because this country is going through a horrendously difficult time.
“What we need to do is to focus on getting the message right… then I think what we need to do really is to move on.”