System that offers choice of Boris or Corbyn has gone badly wrong, Cummings says

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Dominic Cummings has slammed Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, saying a system that offers a choice between them ‘has gone extremely, badly wrong’.

The PM’s former senior aide also admitted he believes it’s ‘completely crackers someone like me’ could have been in Downing Street helping to plan the UK Covid response as he is ‘not smart’.

It comes as the political strategist, widely credited with helping Mr Johnson get the top job, launches a full-scale attack on the Government while appearing before a joint parliamentary committee this morning.

He said: ‘There’s a very profound question about the nature of our political system that means we had at the last election a choice between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson.

‘Any system which gives people the choice between two people like that to lead is obviously a system that’s gone extremely, badly wrong.

‘There are many thousands of wonderful people in this country who could have provided better leadership than either of those today.

‘There’s obviously something terribly wrong with the political parties if that’s the best they can do.

‘It’s also the case that I don’t exclude myself from this. In any sensible, rational Government, it is completely crazy that I should have been in such a senior position, in my personal opinion.

‘I’m not smart, I’ve not built great things in the world. It’s completely crackers that someone like me should have been in there, just the same as that Boris Johnson was in there, and that the choice at the last election was Jeremy Corbyn.

‘It’s also the case that there are wonderful people inside the Civil Service, there are brilliant officials all over the place.

‘But the system tends to weed them out from senior management jobs.’

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