Dominic Cummings or the National Interest? Lawmaker Grills Johnson

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Dominic Cummings or the National Interest? Lawmaker Grills Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain deflected a question from Yvette Cooper, a Labour Party lawmaker, on whether he would continue to defend Dominic Cummings, his embattled adviser.

“As I understand things, I’ve said what I’ve said about the whole business. I think it would be much better if we could now move on, and get focused on the next steps.” “Here’s the problem, Prime Minister. The reason you are ducking this is because — the reason you’re not giving people a straight answer — is because you are trying to protect Dominic Cummings. The reason you’ve sent all of your minsters out to say fudgy things, and unclear things, is because you are trying not to incriminate Dominic Cummings, and you don’t want to apologize for him. The problem is that means you are putting your political concerns ahead of clear public health messages to parents who have coronavirus. You have a choice between protecting Dominic Cummings and putting the national interest first. Which will it be, Prime Minister?” “Well I think my choice — the choice that the British people would want us all to make, Yvette — and that is, as far as we possibly can, to lay aside party political-point scoring and to put the national interest first, and to be very clear with the British public about what we want to do and how we want to take this country forward.”

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