Next Prime Minister Odds: Sunak favourite to replace Johnson
Rishi Sunak has emerged as the favourite in the next Prime Minister odds on the back of Dominic Cummings’ comments about the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is 5/2 in the betting to replace Boris Johnson as head of the country, with Labour leader Keir Starmer next in line at 5/1.
Ladbrokes’ Jessica O’Reilly said: “Dominic Cummings is unleashing hell on Boris Johnson, and money is coming in thick and fast for the Chancellor to become the next PM.”
Johnson’s former aide Cummings, giving evidence to the Commons health and science committees, claimed people died unnecessarily because of Government failings, adding that ministers, officials and advisers had fallen “disastrously short” of the standards the public should expect in a crisis.
He also told the parliamentary committee it was “crackers” that Johnson was in charge of the country.
Cummings had plenty to say about Matt Hancock, insisting the Secretary of State should have been sacked.
He said: “There’s no doubt at all that many senior people performed far, far disastrously below the standards which the country has a right to expect. I think the Secretary of State for Health is certainly one of those people.
“I think the Secretary of State for Health should’ve been fired for at least 15, 20 things, including lying to everybody on multiple occasions in meeting after meeting in the Cabinet room and publicly.”
Cummings was also critical of the Prime Minister, claiming Johnson regarded Covid-19 as a “scare story” which he described as the new “swine flu” and said that crucial delays in implementing lockdown because of Johnson’s fixation with the health of the economy rather than the nation cost many lives.
Panic room at Downing Street
With more revelations expected to come about the “mounting panic” in Downing Street and Johnson’s response to the crisis, Sunak has jumped to the head of the queue to lead the country.
Sunak was responsible for the popular but expensive furlough scheme which ensured workers remained employed at 80% of their salaries instead of being made redundant and his measured delivery of the Government’s plans meant he emerged relatively free of criticism.
Home Secretary Dominic Raab was praised by Cummings for his leadership in the absence of Covid-struck Johnson and is priced at 20/1 in the next Prime Minister odds.