Boris Johnson v the Covid inquiry – podcast

For several weeks the Covid inquiry has been sifting through the testimony of scientists and politicians in an attempt to judge the UK’s handling of the pandemic. Many have had their say on the leadership offered by the then prime minister, Boris Johnson.

According to Dominic Cummings, Johnson was like a broken shopping trolley, weaving around. To some of the scientists, the prime minister seemed bamboozled by the scientific detail he needed to understand. There have been claims Johnson missed essential meetings and prioritised writing a book when he should have been preparing the country for the health crisis.

Now, however, he will have a chance to explain the decisions he made and the reasons behind them, Aletha Adu, the Guardian’s political correspondent, tells Michael Safi. She explains why the stakes could not be higher – with grieving relatives who lost loved ones to Covid expecting an apology, and Johnson-watchers suggesting he may soon make a political comeback.

Boris Johnson clutches his head at a press conference on Covid, at Downing Street, on 14, 14 2021.

Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP

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