Dominic Cummings today followed up his astonishing attack on Boris Johnson by implying that ministers were too slow to shut the UK border during the pandemic. 

The former Downing Street aide suggested the scientific consensus that travel bans would not help prevent the spread of coronavirus was flawed.

He tweeted this was a ‘very important issue re learning from the disaster’, in response to a thread pointing at how Vietnam had successfully insulated itself and limited its death toll to just 35. 

Mr Cummings yesterday made clear he was prepared to criticise the Government he only recently departed after publishing an extraordinarily explosive statement tearing into the PM. 

In a lengthy blog post he accused the PM of trying to block a leak inquiry that implicated a friend of his fiancée, and claimed to have warned that using donors to pay for renovations of the Downing Street flat was ‘possibly illegal’.

‘It is sad to see the PM and his office fall so far below the standards of competence and integrity the country deserves,’ he wrote. 

Dominic Grieve, a former attorney general, this morning waded into the psychodrama to condemn what he called a ‘cronyistic cabal’ at the heart of Government.

As No10 reeled from the claims of its former top adviser:

  • Labour wielded Mr Cummings’s blogpost and called for a ‘full investigation’ into the refurbishment of Mr Johnson’s No11 flat;
  • Downing Street insisted the Government and ministers had ‘acted in accordance with the appropriate codes of conduct and https://www.kynghidongduong.vn/ electoral law’;
  • A Government source described claims that No10 aide Henry Newman, a friend of Carrie Symonds, was the so-called Chatty Rat leaker were ‘entirely false’;
  • Lord Udny-Lister, another recently departed No10 top aide, refused to answer questions about why he quit as the PM’s Gulf envoy after just two months;
  • Campaigning for the slew of local and mayoral elections in less than two weeks time continued.
Dominic Cummings today followed up his astonishing attack on Boris Johnson by implying that ministers were too slow to shut the UK border during the pandemic

Dominic Cummings today followed up his astonishing attack on Boris Johnson by implying that ministers were too slow to shut the UK border during the pandemic

Dominic Cummings today followed up his astonishing attack on Boris Johnson by implying that ministers were too slow to shut the UK border during the pandemic

Boris Johnson (pictured with former aide Dominic Cummings in 2019) last night said the British public 'did not give a monkeys' about the Downing Street leak blame claims that have rocked Whitehall, as he denied attempting to block an official inquiry into the issue in order to protect his fiancee's friend

Boris Johnson (pictured with former aide Dominic Cummings in 2019) last night said the British public 'did not give a monkeys' about the Downing Street leak blame claims that have rocked Whitehall, as he denied attempting to block an official inquiry into the issue in order to protect his fiancee's friend

Boris Johnson (pictured with former aide Dominic Cummings in 2019) last night said the British public ‘did not give a monkeys’ about the Downing Street leak blame claims that have rocked Whitehall, https://www.kynghidongduong.vn/ as he denied attempting to block an official inquiry into the issue in order to protect his fiancee’s friend 

Mr Cummings’s devastating intervention came just a month before he is due to give evidence to MPs on May 26 about the Government’s handling of Covid. 

Until December, when he left Downing Street following a period of infighting, Mr Cummings was a key figure helping steer Britain’s Covid response. 

Critics point to comparably lax restrictions at the border during the first wave when travellers could come to Britain without being tested or undergoing self-isolation.

SAGE papers released last summer reveal that at the height of the first wave ministers were told that shutting the borders had ‘little scientific justification’. 

But Mr Cummings today retweeted a post from a ‘superforecaster’ called Michael Story who highlighted research that described such advice as ‘evidence-free’.

Mr Story said: ‘The border belief described here was incredibly powerful and wormed its way around institutions the world over. 

‘The pandemic preparedness index ranked you *less* prepared if you had previously closed borders in the event of disease outbreaks.’  

Only in June did Priti Patel announce that all international arrivals would have to spend 14 days in quarantine.

Now foreign travel is illegal except in exceptional circumstances and all arrivals must undergo quarantine, with those coming from red list countries forced to self-isolate in government-approved hotels.

The devastating intervention came just a month before Mr Cummings is due to give evidence to MPs on May 26 about the Government's handling of Covid (pictured appearing before the science and technology committee last month)

The devastating intervention came just a month before Mr Cummings is due to give evidence to MPs on May 26 about the Government's handling of Covid (pictured appearing before the science and technology committee last month)

The devastating intervention came just a month before Mr Cummings is due to give evidence to MPs on May 26 about the Government’s handling of Covid (pictured appearing before the science and technology committee last month)

In a devastating statement, Mr Cummings effectively declared war on No 10 and turned a flamethrower on Mr Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured)

In a devastating statement, Mr Cummings effectively declared war on No 10 and turned a flamethrower on Mr Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured)

In a devastating statement, Mr Cummings effectively declared war on No 10 and turned a flamethrower on Mr Johnson and https://www.kynghidongduong.vn/ his fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured)

Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings

Jack Doyle

Jack Doyle

 Mr Cummings, who was ousted in a power struggle in December (left), accused Downing Street Director of Communications Jack Doyle (right) of making ‘a number of false accusations’ to the media

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