While the coronavirus had already infected several members of his Downing Street staff, Boris Johnson was still planning to continue his weekly visit to the Queen. His former advisor Dominic Cummings revealed that on Monday in an interview with the BBC.
According to the disgraced advisor, he was only with the greatest difficulty in preventing the Prime Minister from visiting the elderly prince. “What are you going to do, I asked him and he said ‘I’m going to the queen, ‘and then I said ‘What the hell are you talking about, of course you can‘t go to the queen,’” said Cummings about his conversation with Johnson.
“He then said, ‘this is what I do every Wednesday, I’m going to see her‘” Cummings pointed Johnson to the danger of his visit. “If you give her the coronavirus and she dies, what do you do? You can’t take that risk, that‘s completely disturbed”. According to Cummings, Johnson came back to sentences only after those words. “He said he just hadn’t thought about it and then said ‘Holy shit, I can’t go‘”.
Downing Street denied that this conversation took place. A prime minister spokesman told the BBC that Boris Johnson has “taken all necessary precautions to protect lives” since the start of the pandemic. Buckingham Palace abstain from commenting.
In the interview, Cummings reveals that Johnson opposed to setting a second lockdown last fall, joking that the virus “killed only the elderly”. According to Cummings, the Prime Minister did not believe that British healthcare was threatening to be overwhelmed.
It was Cummings’s first TV interview since his resignation last October. According to the former advisor, Johnson‘s attitude during the pandemic was “a strange and partial mix of “it’s all nonsense and lockdowns don‘t work anyway,” and “it’s terrible, but the people who die are all over 80, and we can‘t break the economy for people of above 80’”.