Boris Johnson “regularly admits” he is unfit to be the U.K.’s prime minister, his former chief aide Dominic Cummings claimed.
Cummings — the most senior adviser in Downing Street until he left government in November 2020 — said his old boss first acknowledged it would be “ludicrous” for him to become prime minister in 2016 after the pair helped deliver a Leave vote in the Brexit referendum.
Since entering Downing Street three years later, Johnson “regularly admits it’s ludicrous he’s prime minister,” according to Cummings, who has used his Substack newsletter and a parliamentary committee session to launch multiple attacks on his former boss in recent months.
Cummings made the comments in a blog about why he agreed to support Johnson when he entered Downing Street in 2019. The former top No. 10 aide said he knew beforehand that Johnson was “unfit” to be U.K. leader, and claimed the Conservative chief lies “so blatantly, so naturally, so regularly” while being uninterested in policy.
Cummings claimed he agreed to work for Johnson in 2019 to prevent a second Brexit referendum and stop then-Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn from entering Downing Street. He said he made Johnson agree to “written terms” that set his power in stone.
The former aide paints a picture of two Johnsons: one who is unfocused and eager to please alongside another, rarer seen, Johnson capable of being ruthless when necessary.
“He is both much more useless than the media portray and much more capable of self-awareness and ruthlessness than they ever portray, or his enemies usually discern,” Cummings writes. “Remember, though, neither mode has any interest in either policy or governing for their own sake.”
“He was desperate to be Prime Minister but has almost no interest in the job,” the former aide wrote.
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