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THREE-QUARTERS of voters believe Dominic Cummings can’t be trusted to be honest about Covid

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THREE-QUARTERS of voters believe Dominic Cummings can’t be trusted to be honest about how Covid was handled and is less truthful than Boris Johnson

  • 75% said they trusted the PM’s ex-adviser very little or not at all to tell the truth
  • Just 14% of those  polled by YouGov said they thought he would be honest  
  • Some 55% said they did not trust Mr Johnson to be truthful either

Dominic Cummings was hit by a blow to his credibility before his box office appearance in front of MPs today as voters said he was far less trustworthy than Boris Johnson.

Three-quarters of those polled by YouGov said they trusted the Prime Minister’s former chief adviser very little or not at all to tell the truth about what happened in Downing Street.   

Just 14 per cent of those questioned for the Times said they thought he would be honest, compared to 38 per cent for the Prime Minister.

Some 55 per cent said they did not trust Mr Johnson to be truthful about the political machinations over the past year either. 

It came as Mr Cummings started his marathon grilling by backbench MPs in which he is expected to attempt to tear his former employer to pieces. 

Three-quarters of those polled by YouGov said they trusted the Prime Minister’s chief adviser very little or not at all to tell the truth about what happened in Downing Street.

Some 55 per cent said they did not trust Mr Johnson to be truthful about the political machinations over the past year either.

Some 55 per cent said they did not trust Mr Johnson to be truthful about the political machinations over the past year either.

It came as Mr Cummings arrived in Westminster for his marathon grilling by backbench MPs in which he is expected to attempt to tear his former employer to pieces.

It came as Mr Cummings arrived in Westminster for his marathon grilling by backbench MPs in which he is expected to attempt to tear his former employer to pieces.

The maverick former No10 is preparing to launch an all-out assault on his former friend and boss in four hours of evidence to a joint session of the Commons health and science committees.

He is expected to accuse Mr Johnson of referring to Covid as ‘Kung-Flu’ and say that – before coming down with the virus – he offered to be injected with it live on TV to ‘show it’s nothing to be scared of’.

In extraordinary claims that he says will be backed by documents, he will accuse the Prime Minister of being responsible for ‘thousands of deaths’ by delaying a second lockdown when a second wave of the virus hit the UK in the winter.

He is also set to allege that Mr Johnson did say ‘no more f****** lockdowns, let the bodies pile high in their thousands’ – something the PM has flatly denied. And he could claim Mr Johnson was slow to react to the pandemic because he was on a ‘prolonged holiday’ with partner Carrie Symonds in February last year.

Another damaging barb is likely to be claiming that Mr Johnson wanted to go and seen the Queen in person on March 18 – again something that No10 denies.

However, ministers have been frantically trying to blunt the attack from Mr Cummings, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps dismissing the session as a ‘sideshow’ and suggesting he has his ‘own agenda’.

Meanwhile, leaked WhatsApps reportedly show that Mr Cummings told politicians to deny that there was a ‘herd immunity’ strategy at the start of the pandemic – something he now says was the case until just 10 days before the first lockdown.

Mr Cummings is expected to be accused by Tory MPs of using today’s appearance before a select committee to ‘avenge’ his sacking in November after he lost a power struggle with Ms Symonds.

But Labour will seize on the claims as evidence that Mr Johnson could have done more to save lives.

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