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FORMER Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings has unleashed a new volley of attacks on his former employer Boris Johnson.
He has accused the Prime Minister of letting Brits die in order to save his own political career.
What time is Dominic Cummings’ TV interview with Laura Kuenssberg tonight?
Cummings, 49, was widely blasted by the public and political opponents for taking a car journey with his family during the coronavirus lockdown last year.
Since leaving as the chief political aide to Number 10 he has undertaken a broadside against the Prime Minister over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
What is Dominic Cummings expected to say?
Cummings has launched repeated and savage attacks on the Prime Minister since he was forced out of Downing Street at the end of last year.
He has now renewed his attacks in an interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, the corporation’s political editor.
Cummings claimed Johnson “put his own political interests ahead of people’s lives for sure.”
The rogue former Downing Street chief also revealed Whatsapps from Bojo sent last October in which the PM said he said he no longer “buys into all this NHS overwhelmed stuff”.
In yet another blistering broadside against the PM, he told the BBC: “His attitude at that point [autumn 2020] was a weird mix of, er, partly it’s all nonsense and lockdowns don’t work anyway and partly, well this is terrible but the people who are dying are essentially all over 80 and we can’t kill the economy just because of people dying over 80.
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“Lots of people heard the Prime Minister say that, the Prime Minister texted that to me and other people.”
He revealed messages the PM sent to him on October 15 last year in which Boris suggests people with Covid actually lived longer.
It states: “I must say I have been slightly rocked by some of the data on covid fatalities. The median age is 82 – 81 for men 85 for women.
“That is above life expectancy. So get Covid and live longer.
“Hardly anyone under 60 goes into hospital (4 per cent ) and of those virtually all survive. And I no longer buy all this nhs overwhelmed stuff.
“Folks I think we may need to recalibrate.”
The PM added: “It shows we don’t go for nationwide lockdown.”
Cummings said the PM being convinced Britain should never have been put into the first lockdown as he thought the whole thing had been “a disaster”.
A No10 spokesperson told the BBC: “Since the start of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has taken the necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice.
“The government he leads has delivered the fastest vaccination rollout in Europe, saved millions of jobs through the furlough scheme and prevented the NHS from being overwhelmed through three national lockdowns.
“The government is entirely focused on emerging cautiously from the pandemic and building back better.”
How can I watch the interview?
Anyone wanting to see the interview can tune in to BBC Two at 7pm tonight, July 20.
Unfortunately, there is no +1 option for the BBC.
But people can catch up on the claims if they have missed the broadcast by going to the BBC’s iPlayer service.