Ex-political strategist Alastair Campbell has attacked the government over its handling of chief adviser Dominic Cummings’ alleged breach of lockdown rules.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s James Max, the former aide to Tony Blair said Boris Johnson had undermined the coronavirus policy and put lives at risk by refusing to remove Mr Cummings from his position.
He told talkRADIO: “We are governed now by a bunch of liars.
“Yesterday, you saw a Prime Minister stand at a lectern and say things that were not true and that he knew not to be true.
“You’ve seen the Cabinet, day after day, cutting and pasting tweets to save Dominic Cummings. They don’t have a clue whether it was true or not.”
Mr Cummings said he and his wife had travelled to his parents’ residence in County Durham in April because they had coronavirus symptoms and had no option for childcare for their young son should they fall ill in London.
The Prime Minister defended his right hand man at the Downing Street press conference on Sunday and insisted Mr Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”.
But Mr Campbell said it was a “pack of lies to defend the indefensible”.
In an unusual move, Mr Cummings is due to give a statement and take questions on the matter this afternoon.
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