Dominic Cummings, the former top adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wanted to get rid of the new Prime Minister just days after the Conservatives won the election.
In an interview with the BBC, he went on to say that Johnson “has no plan, does not know how to be prime minister”.
Cummings led the pro-Brexit campaign in the 2016 referendum on Britain’s EU membership. In the 2019 elections, he spearheaded the campaign that won Johnson – also a fierce opponent of the EU. In an excerpt of the interview released by the BBC for broadcast, he said: “We only put him (Johnson) there because we needed to solve a certain problem, not because we thought he was the right person to lead the country. .” Asked if that isn’t voter fraud, he replies that it is “political”.
After the election, Cummings remained Johnson’s chief adviser. In the interview, however, he says that Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s then-girlfriend and now his wife, wanted to get rid of him and his employees and that she tried to influence political appointments. According to Cummings, it was clear to everyone that “by the summer we would either all be gone or try to get someone else in as prime minister.” Cummings eventually resigned himself last year.
The BBC will broadcast the full interview on Tuesday evening. The broadcaster previously published a part in which Cummings talks about Johnson’s corona policy and that the prime minister was reluctant to tighten it up.