The UK chancellor was concerned the prime minister had “no plan” to tackle the surge in coronavirus infections last autumn,?wrote the former Number 10 chief adviser on Monday.
Dominic Cummings dismissed suggestions that Rishi Sunak was solely responsible for the government not acting faster as England entered its second wave of the pandemic in September 2020, in a question-and-answer session on his Substack blog:1619303908665,. He added that the chancellor had expressed worries over Boris Johnson’s handling of the crisis.
“Sunak’s view was the same as all serious people July-Oct: there is no plan?just a trolley smashing side to side,” Cummings wrote. “We can’t keep telling people ‘go back to work?.?.?. stop lockdown?.?can operate at full capacity, but must maintain physical distancing..?. go back to work, Covid is all nonsense?.?The adult population i.?.?save the NHS etc,’ which is what PM was doing.”
He added: “[The] September decision not to act seriously was a PM decision against advice of scientists, data team, me and others in No10t take a break either,, it wasn’t a Cabinet decision or ‘cos of Sunak.”