Cummings Unveils Messages in Which UK PM Appears to Call Hancock’s Performance ‘F***ing Hopeless’


Former aide to the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared a screenshot on Twitter of the Whatsapp exchange between the two, which he had promised to do during a parliamentary questioning session end of May. 

The image shows two messages by the politicians, with Cummings criticising how the UK Health Minister Matt Hancock handled the mass Covid-19 testing programme during the onset of the pandemic in Britain.

86/ Evidence on the covid disaster: as the PM said himself, Hancock’s performance on testing, procurement, PPE, care homes etc was ‘totally fucking hopeless’, & his account to MPs was fiction:

— Dominic Cummings (@Dominic2306) June 16, 2021

Cummings shared another post on his Twitter page on Wednesday, suggesting that the PM should answer a “few simple questions.”

87/ A few simple Qs to ask the PM:

— Dominic Cummings (@Dominic2306) June 16, 2021

​When he appeared before Parliament’s health and social care and the science and technology select committees on 26 May, Cummings made serious allegations against Hancock among other controversial revelations about Downing Street as a whole.

Cummings had said Hancock should have been fired for repeated mistakes and “lying to everybody in multiple occasions in meeting after meeting in the cabinet room and publicly”.

According to Cummings, Hancock had claimed that all patients got the treatment they needed during the first peak of of the pandemic but in fact it wasn’t true. Hancock told officials that the supply of personal protective equipment was under control in April 2020, which later turned out to be not true, Cummings had told the MPs.

When asked during the inquiry whether he will be able to provide evidence to support his statements, Cummings agreed to present it to the committees. Three weeks later he shared the exchange between him and Johnson for the whole world to see.

Another apparent exchange between the PM and his former aide, showed that Johnson wanted to give Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove – as opposed to Matt Hancock – responsibility of PPE during Covid crisis.

Dominic Cummings has published what he says are WhatsApp conversations with @BorisJohnson where they are talking about Matt Hancock at the start of the pandemic:

— Shehab Khan (@ShehabKhan) June 16, 2021

​The PM told Cummings that the PPE situation was “a disaster”.

Cummings disagreed with replacing Hancock because  “With the [Cabinet Office] in such a total s***show i’m afraid we’d have a severe risk of making things worse not better.” He added that “the government does not control the government” but the Cabinet Office “controls most of it”.

“Hancock b*******s but that wouldn’t matter much if we actually controlled the [Cabinet Office],” Cummings wrote to the PM. 

Cummings was sacked as Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s special adviser in November last year, in what later was reported to be a controversial end to their relationship.



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