COVID inquiry issues legal notice to Cabinet Office for not handing over unredacted Boris Johnson messages
The government handed redacted messages from Mr Johnson's devices to the official COVID inquiry. The chair of the investigation has now used a legal order to compel the government to hand over the unredacted messages.
A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: "We are fully committed to our obligations to the COVID-19 Inquiry. As such, the Cabinet Office alone has already provided upwards of 55,000 documents, 24 personal witness statements, eight corporate statements and extensive time and effort has gone into assisting the Inquiry fulsomely over the last 11 months.
It may sound much too cynical and simplistic, but at the moment this comes across as little more than a hideously expensive blame game. A conclusion that government action should have been earlier, tougher, stricter seems to be baked in already. It is far too late to allow the do nothing option onto the table. That would leave too much egg on far too many powerful faces.
We'll see how it goes, but shoving Boris into the firing line already seems to attract the media and the bureaucrat finger-pointers. A familiar name for the public to remember and associate with the debacle rather than the inadequacies of the experts, media, NHS, medical bureaucracies, GP service, state education and the public sector generally.