Dominic Cummings says public was 'failed' during 'disastrous' Covid response

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No 10 and its advisers ‘fell disastrously short of the standards the public has a right to expect’ during the pandemic, Dominic Cummings has admitted to MPs.

The former top aide apologised for the mistakes made during the Covid-19 crisis while appearing before a joint parliamentary committee.

He told MPs: ‘The truth is that senior ministers, senior officials and senior advisers, like me, fell disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect of its government in a crisis like this.

‘When the public needed us most, the government failed. And I’d like to say to all the families of those who died unnecessarily how sorry I am for the mistakes that were made and for my own mistakes.’

He continued: ‘It’s obvious the western world, including Britain, completely failed to see the smoke and to hear the alarm bells in January. There’s no doubt about it.’

Mr Cummings is set to reveal the behind-the-scenes details of the government’s handling of the pandemic this morning.

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