'What planet are they on?', 'Bojo stands by top aide': UK front pages react to Dominic Cummings crisis

The left-leaning Daily Mirror leads the attack on the pair, labelling Cummings a “cheat” and Johnson a “coward”.


DOWNING STREET ADVISOR Dominic Cummings’ flouting of lockdown guidelines and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s defence of his chief adviser leads the papers across the water today. 

The left-leaning Daily Mirror leads the attack on the pair, labelling Cummings a “cheat” and Johnson a “coward”.

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And the normally right-leaning Daily Mail has also turned a blowtorch on the PM and Cummings, with a front page headline of: “What planet are they on?”

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The Independent puts the spotlight on Johnson’s lack of answers at his press briefing, which helped leave “a party divided and voters angry”.

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The i, meanwhile, leads on the “chaos in No 10”, saying Cummings is clinging to his position with Johnson’s support.

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And The Guardian says Johnson has risked his political reputation by defending Cummings.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Express plays a straighter bat, with a headline of: “Defiant Boris stands by his man.”

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The Daily Telegraph follows Johnson’s line, its headline quoting the PM saying Cummings had acted “responsibly, legally and with integrity”.

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And The Sun focuses on the planned reopening of schools, while noting Johnson had defied calls to sack Cummings.

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Finally, the Financial Times runs a photo of Cummings and notes he has the PM’s support, above its lead story focusing on the Treasury’s economic bail-out plan.

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