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Covid inquiry WhatsApp message said ‘the real person in charge is Carrie’

13 Oct 2023 2 minute read
Boris Johnson speaks on the BBC News

The UK Government was described by the head of the civil service as looking like a “terrible, tragic joke”, while Boris Johnson’s now-wife was “the real person in charge”, in WhatsApp messages shown at the Covid inquiry.

Simon Case, who was appointed in September 2020 having been permanent secretary in Number 10 before then, wrote that he was “not sure I can cope” amid apparent frustration at how the pandemic was being handled in Government.

The messages were briefly flashed up on screen during Friday’s hearing of the UK Covid-19 Inquiry in London, as a letter to the inquiry from then-PM Mr Johnson’s adviser Dominic Cummings was shown and discussed.

Political governance.

The hearing is part of module two which focuses on core UK decision-making and political governance.

The letter contained an email dated July 13, 2020 which Mr Cummings said was “on the problems of the No 10/CabOff (Cabinet Office) set up that is relevant to the inquiry”.

Mr Cummings said it was copied to the PM “but he never engaged seriously”.

The WhatsApp messages appeared on screen above the email and are understood to have been from October 14, 2020.

Mr Case wrote: “Am not sure I can cope with today.

“Might just go home. Matt just called, having spoken to PM. According to Matt (so aim off, obvs), PM has asked Matt to work up regional circuit breakers for the North (as per Northern Ireland) today – and to bring recommendations. I am going to scream…”

Lee Cain, who was Mr Johnson’s director of communications until November 2020, replied: “Wtf are we talking about.”

Mr Case, in an apparent reference to Mr Johnson’s then-partner and now wife, Carrie Johnson, replied: “Whatever Carrie cares about, I guess.”

Case wrote: “I was always told that Dom (Dominic Cummings) was the secret PM. How wrong they are. I look forward to telling select cttee tomorrow – ‘oh, f*** no, don’t worry about Dom, the real person in charge is Carrie’.”

Further down the messages, Mr Case wrote: “This gov’t doesn’t have the credibility needed to be imposing stuff within only days of deciding not too (sic). We look like a terrible, tragic joke. If we were going hard, that decision was needed weeks ago. I cannot cope with this.”

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5 months ago

Well, interesting. I knew it wasn’t Boris. Had Cummins/Case etc. as the culprit. Certainly the team behind Boris were incapable of the usual in a brewery.

Dire crisis and the Conservative had the brexit jokers and other halves running the country.

So, when the gongs are dished out to the Johnsons (as they inevitably will) does that mean Mrs Johnson gets to the HoL?

All those deaths and the UK government didn’t exist.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
5 months ago

Oh Iesu Grist! I knew Johnson was an uncaring, incompetent, vile chancer and the dumbest animal on the leash, when out taking his dog for a dump on (no doubt) some homeless person’s cardboard box. But to hear that the leader of HMGov’s appalling response to Covid was chosen not by pseudo-democratic election, but by Johnson’s … er … Johnson makes me want to scream! Why are these wilfully ignorant fraudulent clowns not in prison?!! Oh yes! They screwed up the prisons too. Maybe we could deport the feeble phlegmatic fudgewits to Rwanda? Cruella says it’s perfectly safe out there.… Read more »

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5 months ago

Met going for 24 new covid party fines after videos given to police. The office of No10 is a disaster zone. They tried to hide this.

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