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UK PM resisted autumn lockdown as only elderly dying

Saeed Pourreza

Press TV, London

Let the bodies pile high in their thousands, a sentence seared into the memories of Britons, allegedly uttered by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he reluctantly approved a second England-wide lockdown late last year.

Faced with fury from relatives of the bereaved, Johnson and senior ministers emphatically denied the allegation. The man who made that claim, his former top-aide turned nemesis, Dominic Cummings, back with more.

Speaking to the British public broadcaster, he also questioned his former boss’s fitness for his role and rebuked the government's pandemic performance. Just like that time, the government denies the allegations, saying ‘the prime minister has taken "the necessary action to protect lives and livelihoods, guided by the best scientific advice.

But the numbers speak otherwise. England had one of the worst per capita deaths among the world’s major economies last year, blamed by many on lockdown dithering by the government. The new revelations come only days after Number 10 made England the first country to lift almost all covid-related restrictions despite the rising number of cases mostly of the Delta variant.

It remains to be seen if the latest revelations by the Prime Minister’s former advisor will seriously puncture his ratings in opinion polls or lead to pressure from his conservative party for him to step down.

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