Boris Johnson wanted to meet the Queen in person at the start of the pandemic, Dominic Cummings reveals

Boris Johnson wanted to meet the Queen at the start of the pandemic, despite signs of Covid spreading in Downing Street, it was claimed last night.

In another attack on his ex-boss, Dominic Cummings said he must convince the prime minister not to have his weekly audience with the monarch in case he gets her the deadly virus.

In an hour-long interview with the BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, he said: ‘I said, ‘What are you doing?’ and he said, “I’m going to see the queen,” and I said, “what the hell are you talking about, of course you can’t go to the queen.”

‘[The PM] said, “ah, that’s what I do every Wednesday, so this, I’m going to her.”‘

The former chief adviser claimed he warned the prime minister that there were already people in No. 10 isolating themselves, telling him, ‘You may have coronavirus.’

Boris Johnson wanted to meet the Queen at the start of the pandemic despite signs of Covid spreading in Downing Street, it was claimed last night (Photo: Dominic Cummings in an interview with Laura Kuenssberg)

In another attack on his ex-boss, Dominic Cummings said he had to convince the prime minister (pictured right) not to have his weekly audience with the monarch in case he gave her the deadly virus.

In another attack on his ex-boss, Dominic Cummings said he had to convince the prime minister (pictured right) not to have his weekly audience with the monarch in case he gave her the deadly virus.

He added: ‘I just said, ‘If you… give her coronavirus and she dies, what are you going to do, you can’t do that, you can’t risk that, that’s completely insane’.

“And he said, he really just hadn’t thought about it, he said, ‘Yeah, damn it, I can’t go.'”

Cummings also claimed the prime minister was reluctant to tighten restrictions last fall because “the people who are dying are essentially all over 80.”

WhatsApp messages suggested the prime minister was skeptical about the need for a new national lockdown – given that ‘hardly anyone under 60 goes to hospital’.

In a message to aides on October 15, Mr Johnson said he was no longer buying “all this overwhelmed stuff from the NHS” – although he announced a four-week national shutdown just two weeks later.

“I have to say that I am somewhat shocked by some of the data on Covid fatalities. The median age is 82-81 for men and 85 for women,” the statement read. That is above life expectancy. So get Covid and live longer. Hardly anyone under the age of 60 goes to hospital (4 percent) and almost everyone survives.

Cummings claimed he told Boris Johnson that at the start of the pandemic he 'couldn't go to the Queen' (file photo)

Cummings claimed he told Boris Johnson that at the start of the pandemic he ‘couldn’t go to the Queen’ (file photo)

The former chief adviser claimed he warned the prime minister that there were already people in No. 10 isolating themselves, telling him: 'You may have coronavirus'

The former chief adviser claimed he warned the prime minister that there were already people in No. 10 isolating themselves, telling him: ‘You may have coronavirus’

‘And I no longer buy all that overwhelming stuff from the NHS. Folks, I think we may need to recalibrate. There are max 3m [million] over 80 in this country. It shows that we are not going for a nationwide lockdown.’

In his first TV interview since leaving No 10, Mr Cummings claimed that the Prime Minister “definitely put his own political interests above the lives of the people”.

He said Johnson’s attitude last fall was a “weird mix” of “partly ‘it’s all bullshit 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 people over 80 die”.’

He added: “A lot of people have heard the Prime Minister say that, the Prime Minister texted me and other people.”

Mr Cummings also claimed that Mr Johnson repeatedly said “we should never have done the first lockdown”.

Cummings also claimed the PM was reluctant to tighten restrictions last fall because

Cummings also claimed the PM was reluctant to tighten restrictions last fall because “the people who are dying are essentially all over 80.”

In his first TV interview since leaving No 10, Mr Cummings claimed that the Prime Minister 'definitely put his own political interests above people's lives'

In his first TV interview since leaving No 10, Mr Cummings claimed that the Prime Minister ‘definitely put his own political interests above people’s lives’

WHAT THE PB HAS POSTED TO HIS STAFF

“I have to say that I am somewhat shocked by some of the data on Covid fatalities. The median age is 82-81 years for men, 85 years for women. That is above life expectancy. So get Covid and live longer. Hardly anyone under the age of 60 goes to hospital (4 percent) and almost everyone survives.

And I no longer buy all this overpowered stuff from the NHS. Folks, I think we may need to recalibrate. There are a maximum of 3 million over 80 years old in this country. It shows that we are not going for a national lockdown.’

He said: “After the first wave was over and after he got back to work his opinion was at first essentially ‘Thank God we did that’ but very quickly, when the Telegraph and various parts of the media and the Tory party started screaming, in fact he returned and said “actually the whole thing was a disaster, we should never have done it, I was right in February, we should really just ignore it and just run the thing across the country flush and don’t destroy the economy and move on”.’

Mr Cummings left Downing Street in November after a power struggle and has since been highly critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Last night, Downing Street denied that the incident where the Prime Minister and Mr Cummings discussed the Queen’s visit took place.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

A Downing Street spokesperson told the BBC: “Since the start of the pandemic, the Prime Minister has taken the necessary measures to protect lives and livelihoods, based on the best scientific advice.

The government he leads has delivered the fastest vaccination rollout in Europe, saving millions of jobs through the furlough scheme and preventing the NHS from being overwhelmed by three national lockdowns.

“The government is fully focused on getting out of the pandemic cautiously and rebuilding better.”

The interview will be broadcast on BBC2 tonight at 7pm.

Mr Cummings left Downing Street in November after a power struggle and has since been highly critical of the government's handling of the pandemic

Mr Cummings left Downing Street in November after a power struggle and has since been highly critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic

Last night Downing Street denied that the incident where the Prime Minister and Mr Cummings discussed the Queen's visit took place?

Last night Downing Street denied that the incident where the Prime Minister and Mr Cummings discussed the Queen’s visit took place?

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