Another blunder and you’re gone !: ‘Furious’ Boris Johnson warns Dominic Cummings that he can’t afford to become the story again after the media storm while traveling in Durham
- Prime Minister warned he would not tolerate another media storm involving Dominic Cummings
- Mr Johnson is furious at how his assistant ignited the row’s flames with combative quotes
- Source said he was ‘very miffed’ about how fallout was handled and Mr Cummings has one ‘last chance’
Boris Johnson has silenced his maverick assistant Dominic Cummings by making media appearances and publishing outlandish blog posts after sparing him the ax, The Mail on Sunday may reveal.
Downing Street sources have said to this newspaper that an enraged prime minister warned that he would not tolerate another media storm involving his eccentric right-hand man.
An insider No. 10 said: “The Prime Minister has made it absolutely clear that Dominic can no longer be the story. He does not tolerate it. If it happens again, he’s out. ‘
While the police did not discover that Mr. Cummings had broken the law on his 260-mile trip to Durham, it is believed that Mr. Johnson is outraged at how his assistant ignited the flames of the line with combative quotes from “friends” and a hostile enemy appearance for the cameras in front of his house last Saturday.
Downing Street sources have told this newspaper that an enraged prime minister warned he would not tolerate another media storm over his eccentric right hand
Faced with a deluge of public criticism, Mr. Cummings came forward to satirize journalists and claimed, “Who cares about good looks? It is a matter of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you think. ”
During crisis meetings at No. 10 last weekend, Mr. Johnson received a “chapter and verse report” of what Mr. Cummings and his family had done while in hospital with Covid-19.
And while he was happy with the explanation, a source said he was “very pissed” about how the fallout was handled and that Mr. Cummings still had a “last chance.”
According to an official, the Prime Minister “unsurprisingly had more than a few words to say to Dom behind the scenes.”
Another said: “I don’t expect Dom to have blog posts or media appearances for very long. It is firmly in place. ‘
Mr Cummings’ blog post last year calling for ‘madmen and misfits’ to come work for him at No. 10 sparked a big row over one of the successful candidates who was later forced to resign.
According to public opinion, Mr. Johnson paid a high price to keep his powerful advisor at work, according to a new poll for The Mail on Sunday.
A survey by Deltapoll today shows that the Conservatives’ lead over Labor has dropped to just five points. Just over a month ago, that lead was 19 points and last week ten points.
Now, 43 percent of voters say they will vote Tory tomorrow, compared to 38 percent who would vote for Labor.
Amid a scorching week of headlines, Mr. Johnson’s personal approval ratings have seen a similar decline. At the beginning of the outbreak, 70 percent of respondents thought he was doing well. That figure is now 54 percent.
Deltapoll chief Joe Twyman said, “Public support for both Boris Johnson in particular, and his conservative government in general, has declined significantly in recent weeks, a trend that has accelerated as a result of the revelations surrounding his chief adviser Dominic Cummings.
According to an official, the prime minister “unsurprisingly had more than a few words to say to Dom behind the scenes”
“Downing Street hopes that this downward trend will not continue and that these recent events are a topic of conversation and not a turning point.”
Last night, a senior government scientist also launched a barbed attack on Mr. Cummings after other officials attempted to distance themselves from the line.
Deputy Chief Physician Jonathan Van-Tam was asked at the Downing Street Daily Press Conference whether officials should lead and abide by the rules.
“Thanks for the question, and I’m happy to answer it,” he said. “In my opinion, the rules are clear and they have always been clear. In my opinion they are in everyone’s favor and in my opinion they apply to everyone. ‘
On Thursday, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty declined to be challenged on this issue because he wanted him to stay out of politics.