Boris Johnson said he would “rather see bodies piled high in their thousands” than order another Covid lockdown, it was claimed Sunday night.
The Prime Minister’s explosive alleged remarks came after he reluctantly accepted a second lockdown last autumn with Britain in the grip of another deadly wave.
No 10 last night dismissed the claims as “just another lie”, but they will be deeply damaging for Mr Johnson whose Government is already engulfed in a series of rows.
They come as he is engaged in a bitter – and very public – fall-out with his former closest No 10 adviser Dominic Cummings over his handling of the pandemic, leaked text messages and his refurbishment of the Downing Street flat.
No 10 insiders fear Mr Cummings, who had access to some of the most confidential information in Government, is ready to present a bombshell dossier before the joint committee of MPs investigating the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis next month.
Allies claim he has audio recordings of many of his conversations while in No 10.
According to the Daily Mail, the PM begrudgingly agreed to a second, short, lockdown in October after senior ministers and Government scientists warned him at a key No 10 meeting that the NHS faced being overrun.
But the newspaper claimed his frustration bubbled over and he blasted: “No more ****ing lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands!”
The PM’s critics believe the country could have avoided the need for such a long lockdown this Spring had Mr Johnson been willing to go further than November’s four-week ‘circuit breaker’.
“It is hard to imagine how families who have lost loved ones to Covid will feel reading them. He must make a public statement as soon as possible.”