Cabinet Secretary Simon Case said he believed Carrie Johnson was the real Prime Minister during lockdown, text messages shown at the Covid Inquiry reveal. The Telegraph has the story.
A series of WhatsApps between some of Boris Johnson’s top aides suggest the then Prime Minister was making decisions on Covid restrictions based solely on the wishes of his wife.
In one heated message, Mr. Case, who was appointed Cabinet Secretary in September 2020, wrote that Mrs Johnson was “the real person in charge” at No. 10.
The messages, which were handed to the inquiry by Dominic Cummings as part of his written evidence, are undated, but are believed to have been sent some time in autumn 2020, before the Government introduced a ‘tier’ system of regional restrictions.
The exchange begins when Mr. Case tells Mr. Cummings and Lee Cain, then No. 10’s Director of Communications, about a conversation he has had with the then Health Secretary Matt Hancock: