The Debate

Cummings not going? UK PM Johnson stands by embattled adviser

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24

No apology, no regrets from Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s top adviser, who refuses to resign over a 264-mile trip home to the north in March, at the height of lockdown in the UK. Why is the prime minister standing by Cummings in the face of a backbench revolt by Conservative MPs? Politicians and civil servants were already seething at a man described as the embodiment of the outsized powers of unelected consultants. Will the duo that teamed up in 2016 in the campaign for Brexit ride out the storm?

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As the UK faces an unprecedented public health crisis-cum-economic downturn, who's really running the country? Has the prime minister squandered all the political capital from the general election in the managing of the current crisis?

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