In a shocking revelation, the head of the civil service, Simon Case, has secretly criticized Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his handling of the pandemic.
Explosive WhatsApp messages obtained by the media show that Case accused Johnson of making the Government appear like a “tragic joke” with his “bulls***” ideas.
The frustrated top official expressed his concerns about Johnson’s inconsistent approach to the pandemic.
According to the messages, Johnson would alternate between fearing that the virus was worsening and advocating for a “let it rip” strategy, claiming that the country was “pathetic” and in need of a “cold shower”.
One of the messages from Case read, “He cannot lead… A weak team definitely cannot succeed in these circumstances. IT HAS TO STOP!”
He further added, “I am at the end of my tether… Government isn’t actually that hard, but this guy is really making it impossible.”
During the Covid Inquiry, it was suggested that Johnson had initially resisted the first lockdown, questioning why he should damage the economy to save “people who will die anyway soon”.
Shockingly, senior officials revealed the Government’s lackadaisical attitude towards pandemic preparations before it hit.
It was revealed that Johnson had taken a 10-day break in February 2020, during which he received no emails, Cobra briefings, or written papers on coronavirus.
Imran Shafi, a private secretary at No10, stated that he believed Downing Street should have spent every day of that month working on a detailed Covid plan.
The inquiry also presented a notebook entry written by Shafi, following a meeting between Johnson and then Chancellor Rishi Sunak in March 2020, just days before the announcement of the first lockdown.
The entry read, “We’re killing the patient to tackle the tumour” and “Why are we destroying the economy for people who will die anyway soon”. Although Shafi was not certain, he believed these comments were made by Johnson.
Martin Reynolds, who served as Johnson’s Principal Private Secretary, admitted to a “systemic failure” in preparing for the pandemic.
He acknowledged that the realization of the scale of the disaster had come late. When asked if the plans in place in March 2020 were “grossly deficient”, Reynolds agreed.
Reynolds, who became known as “Party Marty” after organizing a drinks party in the No10 garden during lockdown in May 2020, expressed deep remorse for his actions. He apologized unreservedly to the families who suffered during Covid, acknowledging the distress he caused.
In his testimony, Reynolds also admitted to turning on disappearing messages on a No10 WhatsApp group that both he and Johnson were members of, shortly before the Covid Inquiry was announced.
Campaigners from the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK group expressed their dismay at the revelations from the hearing.
Charlie Williams, a spokesperson for the group, stated, “Whilst we were desperately doing everything we could to protect our loved ones, even if it meant not being with them at their final moments, the Government was failing to take decisive action and pretending everything was fine, repeating their many, many mistakes, partying, and breaking their own lockdown rules.
“Like so many others, we’re left having to live with the devastation caused by their failures and chaos for the rest of our lives.”
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