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Cummings’s presence raises questions about the integrity of government decisions—and its other scientific advisers

By Jill Rutter  

Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

This has been the week of meetings.

First came the accusation of absence: that the PM was asleep on the job at the start of the outbreak, holed up at Chequers when he let Matt Hancock chair five successive Covid COBRAs. He only took the wheel in the first week of March. No 10 protested—a bit too much—that PMs don’t always chair COBRAs. True—but if something is worth five COBRAs, it may well be worth the PM ducking…

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