'Led by donkeys': Dominic Cummings says it's crackers Boris Johnson is prime minister

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Dominic Cummings has said it is “crackers” that Boris Johnson is prime minister.

As part of his damning evidence about the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Cummings said there are “thousands of people” who could provide better leadership.

Cummings, who was Johnson’s chief adviser until November last year, was giving long-awaited testimony to the House of Commons health and social care and science and technology committees on Wednesday.

Responding to a question from Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey, an ally of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Cummings told the hearing: “There’s a very profound question about the nature of our political system that means we got, at the last election, a choice between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson.

Watch: Dominic Cummings committee testimony on Boris Johnson and COVID – live

"I think any system which ends up giving a choice between two people like that… is obviously a system that’s gone extremely badly wrong.”

Cummings is a key person behind Johnson’s rise to become PM. He was campaign director of the winning Vote Leave campaign – of which Johnson was a figurehead – ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Dominic Cummings said it's 'completely crackers' Boris Johnson is PM. (Getty Images)
Dominic Cummings said it's 'completely crackers' Boris Johnson is PM. (Getty Images)

As Johnson's chief adviser, he was also pictured smiling outside Number 10, Downing Street the morning after the 2019 election.

At Wednesday's hearing, Cummings added it’s “completely crazy” that he himself was in “such a senior position” as Johnson’s key aide.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Political adviser Dominic Cummings stands outside Downing Street ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson address to the media, after receiving permission to form the next government during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace earlier today, on December 13, 2019 in London, England. The Conservative Party have realised a decisive win in the UK General Election gaining 365 of the 650 seats available. Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the first UK winter election for nearly a century in an attempt to gain a working majority to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. working majority to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. He said at an early morning press conference that he would repay the trust of voters. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Dominic Cummings outside Downing Street on 13 December, 2019, the day after the general election. (Getty Images)

“I’m not smart, I’ve not built great things in the world. It’s completely crackers that someone like me should have been in there, just the same as it’s crackers that Boris Johnson was in there and the choice at the last election was [between him and] Jeremy Corbyn.

“The problem in this crisis was lions led by donkeys over and over again, with great people on the ground doing things… but the leadership, people like me and the prime minister and [health secretary Matt Hancock], we let down the people on the front line.

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"You guys in the political parties need to ask yourselves: ‘What is about your parties that give choices like Johnson versus Corbyn and we have to ask what is about Whitehall that promotes so many senior people who are completely out of their depth?'"

Earlier in the session, Cummings attacked Johnson for failing to take coronavirus seriously at the beginning of the outbreak, claiming the PM said he wanted to be injected with the disease on live TV.

Watch: 'He wanted to be injected with coronavirus’: Dominic Cummings says PM thought COVID was a ‘scare story'

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