The former top adviser to Boris Johnson began the marathon and much-anticipated committee hearing about the coronavirus failures with a note of contrition.
“I would like to say to all the families of those who died unnecessarily how sorry I am for the mistakes that were made and for my own mistakes at that.”
Over a four-hour session that began Wednesday morning, Mr. Cummings is not expected to hold back in his criticisms of the government he advised at the height of the crisis.
“The truth is that senior ministers, senior officials, senior advisers like me fell disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect of its government in a crisis like this,” Cummings said. “When the public needed us most, the government failed.”
The Commons Health and Science committees have joined forces for this initial inquiry into the mishandling of the pandemic, although Mr. Johnson has said an independent public investigation will be launched in the coming months.
Cummings is now infamous for breaching Britain’s coronavirus rules – with an ‘eye-sight testing trip’ to Barnard Castle in Durham.