Boris Johnson and his ministers accused of bungling coronavirus response, unleashing disaster
The most damning, most tweetable quote came from an anonymous source, described as a “senior adviser to Downing Street,” who complained that Johnson “didn’t chair any meetings. He liked his country breaks. He didn’t work weekends … There was a real sense that he didn’t do urgent crisis planning. It was exactly like people feared he would be.”
The Sunday Times painted Johnson as deeply involved with Brexit in January, distracted by his complicated personal life, including his divorce and engagement in February, and showing insufficient attention to detail until the first wave was rushing toward Britain in March.
Johnson’s aides and ministers have scrambled to defend the sidelined prime minister (and themselves) against charges they fumbled the great test presented by the virus. The Health Ministry issued a 2,100-word “Response to the Sunday Times Insight Article” that said the newspaper was guilty of “a series of falsehoods and errors and actively misrepresents the enormous amount of work which was going on in government at the earliest stages of the coronavirus outbreak.”
[Source: Washington Post]