When did Johnson become so dependent on Cummings? Was he always this weak?

Anne Harris: Covid-19 seems to have robbed the British prime minister of his confidence

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has been grilled by members of the House of Commons' Liaison Committee after his adviser Dominic Cummings was found to have broken Covid-19 lockdown measures. Video: Reuters

There is nothing like a pandemic for exposing the fault lines in leadership, literally as well as metaphorically.

Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, was giving a press briefing on Monday morning when she felt a tremor other than the normal excitable curiosity of the journalists present. “Don’t worry if things start to move behind me,” she laughed. It was merely the earth, she explained, and carried on unfazed. No surprise then that New Zealand has recorded only 21 Covid-19 fatalities and are now well advanced in lifting lockdown.

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