LONDON — A former chief adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lambasted the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic Wednesday, arguing the response was inadequate.Dominic Cummings, caricatured by British tabloids as a Svengali-like adviser to Johnson, was the leading strategist behind the 2016 Brexit campaign and Johnson’s landslide election win in 2019. He was quizzed Wednesday by British lawmakers on the lessons learned from the pandemic.In a blistering attack on the government he once served, Cummings said the United Kingdom’s government had “failed” the public and “fell disastrously short” in its handling of Covid-19.”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,” he said in testimony offered to Parliament’s Science and Health Select Committee.”When the public needed us most, the government failed,” he said, adding that people “died unnecessarily” as a result.Dominic Cummings, former special advisor to Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, speaks at a committee hearing in Portcullis house in London on Wednesday. Parliamentary Recording Unit / AFP – Getty ImagesCummings delivered excoriating allegations of bad decisions and false assumptions made by Johnson’s

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