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Dominic Cummings Says A Choice Between Boris Johnson And Jeremy Corbyn Is A System Gone "Extremely Badly Wrong"

Dominic Cummings Says A Choice Between Boris Johnson And Jeremy Corbyn Is A System Gone 'Extremely Badly Wrong'

Dominic Cummings has lashed out at the UK's political system (PA)

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The former Downing Street adviser has said it was "crackers" that Boris Johnson had been able to become Prime Minister as he accused him of being "obsessed" with the media.

In a scathing attack on the government, Cummings said that "wonderful" people had been overlooked for leadership positions, and claimed the civil service was "lions led by donkeys".

Asked about the government's handling of the Covid pandemic, the former adviser said the country faced a "very profound question" about the political system.

"There's a very profound question in the nature of our political system, any system that leaves people with the choice between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is obviously a system that's gone extremely badly wrong," he said.

"There are thousands of people in this country who could offer better leadership than those two.

"And there's obviously something terribly wrong with political parties if that's the best they can do."He claimed it was "completely crazy" that he himself should have been given a senior role in "any sensible rational government". 

"I'm not smart, I've not built great things in the world, it's completely crackers that I was in there, the same as it's crackers that Boris Johnson was in there," Cummings said. 

"The leadership – people like me, the PM and health secretary – we let down people on the front line."

In a further attack on his former boss, he claimed the PM was "1,000 time more obsessed with the media than he should be" and said it had "prevented him doing his own job".

But Cummings insisted he had significantly reduced his contact with the media after entering Downing Street, claiming he "essentially stopped" speaking to journalists except in certain circumstances to dismiss false rumours about the pandemic response.

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