Five things Dominic Cummings ‘revealed’ that we already knew

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On 26 May, Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to prime minister Boris Johnson, gave evidence on the government’s mishandling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. He appeared before a joint parliamentary committee to answer questions from MPs, and he claimed the government failed to protect people’s lives over the course of the pandemic.

Having witnessed the government’s mismanagement of the pandemic, people took to Twitter to highlight that these ‘revelations’ about government negligence, mainstream media bias, and Labour leader Keir Starmer’s weak opposition were nothing new.

Sadly, we were right

Sharing a video of Jeremy Corbyn calling on the government to take the pandemic seriously in March 2020, The Canary’s editor-at-large Kerry-Anne Mendoza said:

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Expressing the sentiments of young people on the left, Jason Okundaye shared:

Boris Johnson is not fit to be prime minister

During the evidence session, Cummings stated that prime minister Boris Johnson is “unfit for the job”. He claimed that Johnson regarded coronavirus as “another scare story”, and acknowledged that the government failed the nation in its mishandling of the pandemic.

As Femi Oluwole explains, we have ample evidence that the Tories are responsible for tens of thousands of avoidable deaths:

Indicting Cummings, Nick Boles said:

Matt Hancock should be fired

Cummings set out a number of allegations of negligence against healthcare secretary Matt Hancock, including sending people with coronavirus into care homes without being tested, leading to an increase in infections and deaths of care home patients and carers. Cummings added that Hancock should have been fired for “criminal, disgraceful behaviour that caused serious harm”. Since the beginning of the pandemic, healthcare workers have been campaigning for the government to take action to protect staff and patients.

Campaign group Every Doctor shared:

NHS Million added:

The health secretary faced questions in the House of Commons on 27 May relating to Cummings’ allegations. According to Paul Brand, he came out “pretty unscathed”:

We can’t trust the mainstream media

Cummings stands accused of leaking government information relating to coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdowns to the press. One Twitter user shared the moment that the BBC concealed Cummings’ revelation that he leaked information to BBC journalist Laura Kuenssberg:

Reflecting on the establishment press’s failure to scrutinise the government over the course of the pandemic, Ash Sarkar said:

Francesca Martinez added:

Keir Starmer is useless

Another glaringly obvious government failure is Labour leader Keir Starmer’s failure to rally any sort of meaningful opposition to the Tories. As David Osland said:

Saying that Starmer “failed democracy”, Howard Beckett shared:

Liam Young added:

Speculating about Britain’s bleak political future, another Twitter user shared:

As people have highlighted, we didn’t need to hear from Cummings to identify the government’s negligence nor Starmer’s failure to challenge it. But what we do need, as unions and bereaved families are calling for, is accountability for the government’s mishandling of the pandemic.

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    1. I despair. Will this government ever be held to account for their shocking, unforgivable mishandling of the pandemic? The discharging of vulnerable infected people into care homes and the subsequent spread of infection and death-no wonder people were saying (including me) “it’s a cull.”

      As far as Cummings revelations, nothing we didn’t already know, and I think he’s being disingenuous, claiming he’s not tech savvy, etc. He had plenty of opportunity before now to object to Johnson, Hancock, and the handling of the crisis. Come on, the bloke engineered Brexit, in order to get the Tory majority, and he must’ve known what Johnson was like then. (and look what a disaster that is for the UK).

    2. Boris Johnson is out to kill the entire working class.
      Keir Starmer is standing idly by and cheering him on.
      Shock revelation; bear seen actually having a “Number 2” in the woods!
      Even bigger shock: Pope admits being catholic!
      Even more bleeding obvious; Jeremy Corbyn was right!
      Even more bleeding obvious; electorate load of gibbering idiots who vote whichever way the Page-3 girls tell them to!

    3. And what do we already know about Cummings? That he is a propagandist and liar with past links to very right-wing Americans and the intelligence agencies. He is up to more of his dark arts here and nothing he says should be given credibility.

    4. Shock revelation by Cummings; “It’s true; Tories are cunts!”
      Also, on page 3 “Shock revelations! Exclusive pictures of Bear doing a Number 2 in the woods!”
      Also on page 5; World shocked as Pope reveals, “I am…..a CATHOLIC!”

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