Boris Johnson once admitted that it would be “ludicrous” if he were to become prime minister, Dominic Cummings has claimed.
Writing in his Substack blog, the PM’s former chief adviser alleges that Mr Johnson made the remark during a conversation between the pair in 2016, a day after the EU referendum.
Reigniting his feud with Number 10 on Monday, Mr Cummings said he knew Mr Johnson was “unfit to be PM” as “he’d told us”.
He wrote: “On 24 June 2016 in Vote Leave HQ, just after Cameron had resigned, Boris pulled me into the odd little room where the ‘campaign within the campaign’ was run. What now?
“Boris told me with a laugh, ‘Obviously it’s ludicrous me being PM – but no more ludicrous than Dave (Cameron) or George, don’t you think?’
“I agreed and reminded him of the main elements of the deal we’d agreed with (Michael) Gove about what to do next.”
The comment is the latest in the war of words between the former aide, who left Downing Street in November 2020.
Asked by a member of the public during the Q&A blog post session why he took up a role in Number 10 if he knew Mr Johnson was “hopeless”, Mr Cummings said in spring 2019, he and his team had discussed the “pros and cons” of him becoming PM.
He added that Mr Johnson’s time as foreign secretary was a “severe warning of the dangers ahead”.
Mr Cummings then went on to say he supported the effort to get Mr Johnson into Number 10 to avoid the chance of then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn doing so.
Mr Johnson became PM in 2019 after winning the Conservative Party leadership race following Theresa May’s resignation.
He then secured a landslide general election win later that year.
Elsewhere in his lengthy blog post, Mr Cummings claimed the PM’s personality changed last year as “Boris-Carrie mode” was created.
Referring to the PM’s wife Carrie Johnson, Mr Cummings said: “In 2020, a new and very unwelcome version appeared – Boris-Carrie mode – which, like some demonic Russian virus, started overwriting previous Boris versions.”