Dominic Cummings says handling of Barnard Castle by Downing Street was ‘absolute car crash’

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Dominic Cummings denied he ever acted with “offence and misogyny” in Downing Street.

By Democrat reporter

Dominic Cummings today told the Covid 19 Inquiry that Downing Street’s handling of the fallout from his trip to Barnard Castle was an “absolute car crash” and “did cause a lot of people pain”.

He was quizzed on the high-profile controversy and the impact it had on confidence in the Government during his appearance at the Covid inquiry.

He said: “It was certainly a disaster, the whole handling of the situation. But there were other factors involved with it all as well – testing and PPE and many other things were all going haywire at the time.”

He said it was “completely reasonable” for security reasons to move his family out of his house, but on the Barnard Castle revelations he said the way it was “handled it was an absolute car crash and disaster and did cause a lot of people pain”.

But he added: “In terms of my actual actions in going north and then coming back down I acted entirely reasonably and legally and did not break any rules.”

Earlier he told the inquiry vulnerable groups such as family violence victims and children in care were “appallingly neglected” during the pandemic.

While Boris Johnson, pictured right,  argued that the government should let older people get coronavirus to protect the rest of society from the damaging impact of a lockdown, the inquiry heard earlier. 

Boris Johnson said that Dominic Cummings was a “total and utter liar” after his lockdown trip to Barnard Castle became public.

In messages shared with the Covid inquiry, dated July 19 2021, Mr Johnson said: “Cummings a total and utter liar. He never told me he had gone to Durham during lockdown.

“I only discovered when the stories started to come out about Barnard castle etc. I believed Mary Wakefield when she wrote a piece in spec giving impression they had been in London the whole time.

“He later claimed that he had told me but that my brain was so fogged by Covid that I didn’t register.

“It’s not true, I would have noted it.

“He never told me. I then tried my very best to defend him.”

Cummings denies misogyny

Dominic Cummings denied he ever acted with “offence and misogyny” in Downing Street.

He was asked by Hugo Keith KC: “Did you treat individuals in Downing Street with offence and misogyny?”

He replied: “Certainly not.”

The Covid-19 inquiry was shown disparaging messages Dominic Cummings sent about then deputy cabinet secretary Helen MacNamara in 2020, in which he said he would “handcuff her and escort her” from Downing Street.

Mr Cummings wrote: “If I have to come back to Helen’s bulls**t with PET – designed to waste huge amounts of my time so I can’t spend it on other stuff – I will personally handcuff her and escort her from the building.

“I don’t care how it’s done but that woman must be out of our hair – we cannot keep dealing with this horrific meltdown of the British state while dodging stilettos from that c***.”

The inquiry continues.

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