Good evening. The UK’s first national lockdown was viewed as a “completely crazy idea”, Dominic Cummings has told the Covid Inquiry.

Elsewhere, pro-Palestine protesters mobbed Sir Keir Starmer’s car as he left a central London venue where he had delivered a speech on the Israel-Hamas war.

Dominic Cummings: Lockdown was considered a ‘crazy idea’

Dominic Cummings has told the Covid Inquiry the UK’s first national lockdown was viewed as a “completely crazy idea”. Mr Cummings said the prevailing view at the start of the pandemic was that there was “no way” nationwide restrictions could be introduced in Britain. He made the remarks during questioning over what actions and decisions the Government took at the start of 2020.

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Lee Cain’s betrayal will hurt Boris Johnson more than Dominic Cummings’s

Lee Cain was the man who stood by Boris Johnson through thick and thin. Dominic Cummings was once his greatest cheerleader. But both have now turned on him in the reckoning over Covid, leaving him hopelessly isolated as he tries to save his legacy. For a man who sees a parallel to the classics in almost every scenario, Mr Johnson will view Mr Cain’s evidence to the Covid Inquiry as something of an “Et tu, Brute?” moment.

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