Alastair Campbell didn’t hold back his thoughts about the Dominic Cummings scandal as he joined Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes on today’s episode of This Morning.
After telling the cabinet to ‘do one’ in an outspoken interview following the Downing Street Rose Garden press briefing last night, at which Mr Cummings refused to apologise for flouting coronavirus restrictions, the ex-Labour spin doctor launched into another on-air rant.
‘The thing about what we’re seeing with Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, and those of us who have known him a long time worry that this would happen – that he [Mr Cummings] is not up to the job.
‘He’s incompetent, he’s a liar, he’s a charlatan, and all the rules are going out.’
‘It wouldn’t matter so much, the hypocrisy and the lies and the story unraveling day in day out if the country felt the government was actually on top of the crisis,’ Alastair continued.
‘When Mrs Thatcher was Prime Minister, I didn’t like a lot of what she did, but I didn’t feel ashamed that she was going around the world as my Prime Minister.’
‘I feel ashamed that there are people like this in charge of the country.’
Alastair Campbell joined the show from his home (Picture: ITV)
On Monday, Mr Cummings refused to step down over allegations he repeatedly broke lockdown rules, admitting he never considered resigning and he doesn’t regret his actions.
He remained defiant as he defended his actions by travelling 260 miles to visit his parents’ home in Durham, with his son and wife who had coronavirus symptoms in late March. He did not apologise at any point.
The nation was left outraged over the weekend when fresh allegations emerged suggesting he visited Barnard Castle, 30 miles away from where he was staying, on April 12.
Downing Street confirmed that Mr Cummings then returned to London on April 14, but another witness claims they saw him ‘admiring the bluebells’ in the woods near Houghall, in County Durham, on April 19.
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Dressed in a white shirt, Mr Cummings said ‘I do not regret what I did’ but added that ‘reasonable people may well disagree’.
He said government rules do not cover all scenarios and that he was in a ‘tricky situation’ but believed he ‘behaved reasonably’.
‘I have not offered to resign … I have not considered it,’ Mr Cummings added.
This Morning airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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