British PM called health secretary totally 'hopeless', says former aide

17 Juin, 2021, 05:19 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Boris Johnson called his Health Secretary Matt Hancock 'f*****g hopeless' leaked WhatsApp messages show

Cummings, who had a front-row seat for much of the pandemic decision-making before leaving government late past year, told a parliamentary committee last month that Hancock was "disastrously incompetent" and should have been fired for "15 to 20 things".

No 10 insisted Mr Johnson still has full confidence in the Health Secretary, with the Prime Minister's official spokesman simply replying "yes" when asked during a Westminster briefing.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has full confidence in his under-fire health secretary, his spokesman said Wednesday, despite private WhatsApp exchanges emerging in which he appears to slam the minister's "hopeless" handling of the pandemic.

As well as describing the availability of PPE equipment was "a disaster", and contemplating putting Michael Gove in charge, Mr Johnson appears to use a profanity at one point in describing his Health Secretary as "hopeless" over testing policy.

In one exchange on March 3rd past year, Mr Cummings highlighted the US's rapid increase of testing capacity and criticised Mr Hancock for saying he was "sceptical" about meeting a new United Kingdom target having earlier said it would "definitely" be met.

In one message from March 27 2020, the contact appearing to be Mr Johnson says the handling of testing was "totally f*****g hopeless", in another he says "it's Hancock". During his appearance, he labelled Hancock "a liar".

Cummings said: "The Secretary of State for Health [Matt Hancock] should have been fired for at least 15 or 20 things, including lying to everybody in multiple occasions in meeting after meeting in the cabinet room and publicly".

And now, in what he said was his response to Mr Hancock's testimony, Mr Cummings has described his latest blogpost as being created to include "just a few things to support what I told MPs and show that No10/Hancock have repeatedly lied about the failures last year".

Health Secretary Matt Hancock watches Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak during PMQs.

The Prime Minister did not answer the question.

Masques, couvre-feu... Castex annonce de nouvelles mesures de déconfinement — France
Elle " s'améliore, et elle s'améliore plus vite que nous l'avions espéré ", a-t-il confié. Il a également annoncé la fin de l'obligation générale de porter un masque en extérieur .

'Momentous day' -New York lifts Covid restrictions
However, masks will still be required in schools, subways, large venues, homeless shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, jails and prisons.

Israel launches air strikes on besieged Gaza
Defence Minister Benny Gantz met with the military chief of staff, the police commissioner and other senior security officials. After capturing east Jerusalem in 1967, Israel annexed it in a move not recognised by most of the worldwide community.

"Raab can chair meetings properly instead of telling rambling stories and jokes", Mr Cummings added.

Boris Johnson's former adviser has been a political headache for the Prime Minister since No 10 tried to blame Cummings for releasing texts between Johnson and businessman James Dyson in April.

Mr Cummmings also claimed Mr Johnson has a "clear plan" to leave Downing Street "at the latest a couple of years after the next election", which is scheduled for 2024.

At the end of his blogpost, Mr Cummings listed a "few simple questions" to ask Mr Johnson.

Downing Street and the health secretary have yet to respond to the latest revelations. The Prime Minister confirms a four-week delay to the lifting of all restrictions in England beyond 21 June.

Hancock told members of Parliament this month he acted with "honesty and integrity" throughout the crisis, and denied Cummings' claims that he lied to Johnson about testing patients who were being moved into care homes.

Labour's deputy leader Angela Rayner branded the accusations from Mr Cummings as "absolutely damning".

"Any minister who has been found to have broken the ministerial code and lied should and must resign".

Asked if the Prime Minister called Mr Hancock hopeless, the spokesman said: "I'm not planning to engage with every allegation put forward, the Prime Minister worked very closely with the health and care secretary throughout and continues to do so".


  • BC reports fewer than 300 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

    BC reports fewer than 300 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

    That brings the pandemic total up to 7,652, while the death toll remained stagnant at 72, where it has been since May 28. In Sheboygan County, not only were there no new cases reported, but their total number of cases also went down.
    Victoria records 3 new local virus cases

    Victoria records 3 new local virus cases

    Late Tuesday an entire apartment complex in Southbank went into lockdown for 14 days, after two cases of the virus were detected. Management said they were working with contractors, the health department and traders to reopen as soon as possible.
    What is the G7 summit?

    What is the G7 summit?

    It is the first major worldwide summit for Biden, which he is attending as part of a one-week Europe trip. The group is also looking to discuss plans to better prepare the world for future outbreaks.
  • Ron Johnson says he will no longer oppose 'strange' Juneteenth holiday

    Ron Johnson says he will no longer oppose 'strange' Juneteenth holiday

    Alabama also recognizes the state holidays of Confederate Memorial Day, celebrated in April, and Robert E. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he would drop his objection to the measure.
    Euro 2020 match suspended due to medical emergency

    Euro 2020 match suspended due to medical emergency

    The officials as well as the Finland team walked off the field while the Denmark players stayed until Erikson was carried off. Eriksen collapsed in the first half of Denmark's game against Finland in Copenhagen, causing the suspension of the match.
    G7 summit to open soon in Cornwall, England

    G7 summit to open soon in Cornwall, England

    The agenda includes talks on climate change, the global response to COVID-19 and the taxation of multinational corporations. When Group of Seven leaders got down to business on the economy at their first summit session on Friday, U.K.
  • Israel’s Knesset to vote on new government, end Netanyahu’s record reign

    Israel’s Knesset to vote on new government, end Netanyahu’s record reign

    Last year, protesters began holding weekly rallies across the country calling on him to resign. The parties slated to enter the coalition will meet individually.
    America is back with Biden, Macron says

    America is back with Biden, Macron says

    Macron's remark echoed that of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who hailed Biden on Thursday as "a big breath of fresh air".
    Pulitzer Board honors teen who took video of George Floyd murder

    Pulitzer Board honors teen who took video of George Floyd murder

    Paul, Minn., had even previously suggested Frazier should win the Pulitzer Prize for taping the arrest that would later go viral. During her testimony at Chauvin's trial, Frazier told jurors that she sometimes wishes she had done more to help Floyd.
  • UK, Australia agree post-Brexit free trade deal

    UK, Australia agree post-Brexit free trade deal

    And, the FTA also means that Brits under the age of 35 will be able to travel and work in Australia more freely and vice versa. Australians don't face the same demands when they go to the UK.
    Open for Summer million dollar vaccination lottery details announced

    Open for Summer million dollar vaccination lottery details announced

    Premier Jason Kenney unveiled some details of the "Open for Summer Vaccine Lottery" in a video posted to his Twitter account. As of Friday, the province said nearly 69 per cent of those 12 and older had received at least one dose of vaccine.
    At least 13 people wounded in Austin, Texas shooting

    At least 13 people wounded in Austin, Texas shooting

    The injured victims, who are between age 23 to 46, are in fair to good condition, police said . One person went to an urgent care facility with multiple gunshot wounds, Chacon said.


Green Party Leader Annamie Paul rejects calls to resign, Report
The fallout from discord in Paul's party has continued apace, with two of the federal council's members resigning last night. In a media statement, May and Manly said they were "heartbroken" by Atwin's decision - and that Zatzman was to blame.

European Union to open up travel to unvaccinated United States citizens
The representatives also chose to remove a reciprocity clause for the Chinese regions of Macao and Hong Kong. And the lack of an official United States vaccination certification system may complicate matters.

COVID Deaths Top 600,000 In The US : Coronavirus Updates
Some states have even launched lotteries which only vaccinated people can enter, with prizes of up to several million dollars. Of these states, only Hawaii (52%) has a high vaccination rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Met Police accused of 'institutional corruption' over Daniel Morgan case
The Met had concealed "serious failings" in its initial murder investigation", including the role of corrupt officers, she added. Mr Morgan was killed with an axe in the auto park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on March 10, 1987.

Senate votes to confirm Biden pick for DC appeals court
McConnell , however, had no problem pushing through the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett (right), a week before the election. Trump appointed three justices, also including Brett Kavanaugh, to the Supreme Court, which now has a 6-3 conservative majority.

Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries | iNFOnews
"More than 1.40 crore (1,40,70,224) Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered". However, the government termed such claims as unfair and said that they do not match the data available with us.

US President Joe Biden takes tea with the Queen
The Bidens arrived at Heathrow in Air Force One this afternoon before stepping out of a Range Rover at the castle at around 5pm. The Queen has not travelled overseas since 2015 when she went to Malta with her late husband Prince Philip.

L'ex-militaire mis en examen pour association de malfaiteurs — Enlèvement de Mia
Dans une vidéo mise en ligne après l'enlèvement d'une fillette, la petite Mia , Rémy Daillet avait tenté de se défendre. Sa mère n'avait alors plus le droit de la voir seule, ni de lui parler au téléphone.

Congress votes to make Pulse nightclub a national memorial
He also said the nation must acknowledge the impact of gun violence on the LGBTQ community. Val Demings for a #PulseNationalMemorial passed the house & thank Sen".

Don de 500 millions de vaccins: Biden évoque une "étape historique"
De nombreux pays riches retrouvent un semblant de vie normale à la faveur d'un recul de l'épidémie grâce à la vaccination. Alors que les pays riches ont pris d'assaut les vaccins, Covax ne parvient pas à fonctionner à plein régime.