Public don’t trust Dominic Cummings: vaccine rollout sees Boris Johnson skyrocket in Mail poll … but voters recall call to ax Matt Hancock
- People believe Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings was motivated by revenge against his Tory foes
- Polls show public ready to forgive prime minister for mistakes made during pandemic
- The findings are part of the first major investigation since Cummings’ meteoric attack on the government
- Public agrees Health Secretary Matt Hancock should be fired and Carrie Symonds has too much power
Dominic Cummings is less truthful than Boris Johnson – and his sensational claims about the government’s ‘mismanagement’ of Covid have not dented the Prime Minister’s popularity.
Most people think Mr Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former main assistant on Downing Street, wanted revenge on his Tory enemies rather than establishing the facts.
And they are ready to forgive the Prime Minister for the mistakes made at the start of the crisis due to the huge success of the vaccination program.
But despite little consideration for Mr. Cummings, some of his more controversial views are supported.
The public agrees that Health Secretary Matt Hancock should be fired and – narrowly – that Mr Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, has too much power.
These are among the findings of the first major investigation since Mr Cummings’ scathing attacks on Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock this week.
According to the Daily Mail’s Survation poll, the Conservatives are ten points ahead of Labor.
When asked who would make the best prime minister, Mr Johnson beats Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer by the whopping 16 percentage points.
Almost two in three people (65%) say Mr Cummings is not telling the truth while 51% say Mr Johnson and Mr Hancock are not telling the truth.
Rishi Sunak is seen as much more trustworthy with just 29% of them saying the Chancellor is not telling the truth.
Mr Cummings has been accused of attempting to undermine Mr Johnson since his ouster from No.10 in November after losing a power struggle with Miss Symonds.
Boris Johnson arrives in Parliament with his then special adviser Dominic Cummings in 2019
Barely one in five voters (22%) say the former chief adviser’s intention in speaking was to establish the truth about how the government has treated Covid.
Johnson’s “strained relationship with the top Mandarin he considers a stooge”
Britain’s top civil servant could return to work for the royal family as his relationship with Boris Johnson has grown strained, it was claimed last night.
Last year, Simon Case was named the youngest cabinet secretary in more than a century after being debauched by Prince William.
The 42-year-old had previously worked as the Duke of Cambridge’s private secretary. And Whitehall insiders said last night that Mr Johnson had privately reported that ‘if Simon were to be offered a role at the palace he would not stand in his way’.
It comes after concerns about his closeness to Dominic Cummings. A source said: “There was always an air of suspicion that he was Dom’s sidekick. Ever since Dom left, that stench has hung on him. The PM is generally a suspicious individual.
Mr Cummings told MPs on Wednesday he had advocated for Mr Case to be given a role in No 10 in a bid to influence the PM over Covid rules.
The former adviser said: ‘If I bring in a manager to try and take over from Covid who a, will make things better and b, maybe he’ll listen to Simon Case better than he will for me . “
Almost six in ten (58 percent) say he was more interested in “settling of scores”. The survey – in which 1,010 adults were interviewed online Thursday and yesterday – shows support for Mr Johnson’s overall toll on the pandemic.
They believe the UK has been much more successful in tackling the virus than other countries.
When asked which of several large countries did best, the UK came out on top, chosen by 48% of voters.
Korea was far behind in second place with 26 percent, followed by Germany with 13 percent, Italy with 6 percent, the United States with 4 percent and France with 3 percent.
The poll leaves little room for doubt as to the main reason for this favorable view – the astounding success of the vaccine deployment.
Nearly one in two (47 percent) say the vaccine’s success outweighs the government’s mistakes when the virus first struck, while 40 percent say it doesn’t make up for it.
Mr Johnson’s lead in the poll is all the more remarkable given that a clear majority agrees with one of the most shocking accusations leveled against the government by Mr Cummings.
In total, 52% support his claim that “tens of thousands of people have died needlessly” because of mistakes in the fight against the disease, while 28% reject this claim.
Four in ten (41 per cent) say Mr Hancock, who is struggling to hold onto his Cabinet post after Mr Cummings’ broadside, should be fired, while 37 per cent say he should stay.
Thirty-six percent think Miss Symonds wields too much influence in No. 10, but 33 percent say she doesn’t.
Although he deems Mr Johnson to be less dishonest than Mr Cummings, the public rejects the Prime Minister’s denial that he said he “let the bodies pile up” after a Covid crisis meeting.
Forty-six percent say they believe the Prime Minister said those words, while 25 percent say they don’t believe he said them.
There is similar support for other claims by Mr Cummings regarding Mr Johnson’s indiscreet statements.
Forty-four percent believe the prime minister has volunteered to be “injected with the virus live on television, but 25 percent don’t believe”.
Two in five people (40%) think he said “Covid only kills people over 80”, but 29% don’t believe he said it. And half of those polled (50%) think he said “Covid is like swine flu”, while 19% say no.