Boris Johnson refused to close borders for fear it would be seen as ‘racist’, Cummings claims

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Boris Johnson refused to close the country’s borders at the start of the Covid pandemic because he feared it would be seen as ‘racist’, Dominic Cummings claims.

  • Boris Johnson feared that strict border controls to prevent people with Covid from entering Britain would also be disastrous for tourism, Dominic Cummings said.
  • Cummings said there was a kind of ‘groupthink’ that concluded that it was ‘essentially racist to call for the closing of the borders and blame China’
  • He said there is no proper border policy, despite concerns about variants

Boris Johnson refused to close the borders during the pandemic because he thought it would be “racist,” Dominic Cummings claimed yesterday.

Mr Johnson wanted to become mayor of Jaws and feared that strict border controls to prevent people from entering Britain with Covid would also be disastrous for tourism, Mr Cummings said.

The reference is to the character in the 1975 Steven Spielberg film who keeps the beaches open to protect the tourism industry despite the threat of a deadly shark – putting children and their parents at risk.

Boris Johnson refused to close the borders during the pandemic thinking it would be “racist,” Dominic Cummings claimed yesterday.

He said there was a kind of ‘groupthink’ that concluded that it was’ essentially racist to call for the closing of the borders and blame China and the entire Chinese New Year …

“And that was actually nonsense.”

He added that there is still no good border policy, despite concerns about variants, including the Indian variant. Reflecting on not closing the borders in March 2020, Mr Cummings told MPs the policy was ‘madness’ as travelers were still coming from contaminated areas.

“Fundamentally there was no good border policy because the prime minister never wanted a good border policy,” he told MPs, adding that Mr Johnson thought the travel industry would be destroyed if more stringent measures were taken.

“Repeatedly … I and others said we just need to download the Singapore or Taiwanese documents in English and put them on here,” he said.

Mr Johnson wanted to become mayor of Jaws and feared that strict border controls to prevent people from entering Britain with Covid would also be disastrous for tourism, Mr Cummings said yesterday.

Mr Johnson wanted to become mayor of Jaws and feared that strict border controls to prevent people from entering Britain with Covid would also be disastrous for tourism, Mr Cummings said yesterday.

Mr Johnson wanted to become mayor of Jaws and feared that strict border controls to prevent people from entering Britain with Covid would also be disastrous for tourism, Mr Cummings said yesterday.

Border policy is still inadequate, he said, partly because the prime minister was dealing with “Tory MPs driving it crazy.” He also said afterwards that it was clear ‘we should have closed the borders in January’.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said, “The Prime Minister and Home Secretary now have very serious questions to answer about the serious shortcomings they have followed – and urgently need to get a grip on the dangerous frontier chaos they have created.”

No. 10 defended his border policy yesterday with the Prime Minister’s official spokesman saying, “We have some of the toughest border measures in the world and we have taken action where necessary to keep the public safe.”

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