He will try to shirk his own responsibility in the Covid crisis – including his trip to break the Durham lockout – by attacking the government’s response.
And he’s off to a good start, hailing a thread of over 60 tweets blaming everyone but himself.
Critics say the prime minister’s former senior adviser should be taken with more of a bucket than a pinch of salt. He’s trying to save his own reputation and prepare the narrative before a public inquiry next year.
But that said, he was in the room when the crucial decisions were made. And that makes him an essential witness to history.
Here are seven bombs he could drop during his testimony:
Second lockdown failure when “only the 80-year-olds died”
The ex-aide has already sent out a storm of tweets about the first lockdown.
But allies believe the second lockdown caused a much bigger rift with Boris Johnson.
He could go into detail on the Prime Minister’s failure to shut down pubs – which he finally did in November – amid claims he was moaning ‘Covid only kills 80’.
Government sources told the Mirror that Mr Johnson added: ‘If I was 80 I don’t care, I would be more worried about the economy’.
None of the ten assistants feared that the Prime Minister’s hatred for lockouts would lead him to be seen by the public as a “grandmother’s killer”.
How long did Boris Johnson know about fears of a huge death toll before he changed his mind? And did the prime minister say ‘let the bodies pile up in the thousands’ rather than accept a third lockdown, as has been claimed – and denied by No10?
Mr Cummings also claimed the Prime Minister tried to stop an investigation into his leaked lockdown plans because it involved a friend of his fiancee, Carrie Symonds. He could also give more details on this subject.
Collective “mens” immunity
Mr Cummings said No10 ‘decided to lie’ and Matt Hancock threw ‘bulls ***’ claiming the plan was never to achieve ‘collective immunity’ against Covid in the UK. United.
While the government insists that collective immunity was never its “goal”, key figures made it clear in mid-March that it was part of a plan to “delay” the peak , rather than removing the virus.
Boris Johnson then turned around and imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 23, after projections said his “delay” plan would cost 250,000 to 500,000 lives.
The ex-assistant has previously tweeted documents showing that things were so chaotic that, bizarrely, at one point, a plan that could lead to 259,000 deaths was still called the “optimal single peak strategy.”
Does he have more documents to show that Downing Street is economical with the truth?
Failure to plan
The former aide said that “awful decisions delayed everything” last March and that any plan was “AWOL / disaster”.
He said Boris Johnson “was being shouted” on March 14 that there was “no lockdown plan and that our current official plan will kill at least 250,000 people and destroy the NHS.
He tweeted: “If we had the right preparations + the right people in charge, we probably would have avoided lockdown1, * certainly * no need for lockdowns 2 and 3.”
Expect Mr Cummings to expand on this point – but also to wonder why he, as one of the most powerful people in government, was seemingly powerless to solve this problem.
Mr Cummings will also allege that the Prime Minister has been slow to respond to the pandemic because he was on an ‘extended vacation’ with his partner Carrie Symonds in February of last year.
It has also been reported that the PM did not chair the first five COBRA meetings in January and February 2020 while working on a biography of Shakespeare.
When asked if the Prime Minister had spent any time on the book, his official spokesperson replied: “No, not that I know of. “
Social protection and protection
The ex-aide tweeted last night that “one of the worst failures” was “the almost total absence of a serious social protection / protection plan” last March.
He added: “As in general, there was a generalized illusion, we had a great plan. It turned out that he barely existed.
The former aide could shed light on crucial talks – or lack thereof – in No.10 on the most vulnerable, tens of thousands of whom have died from Covid.
“Kung Flu” and get injected live on TV
Boris Johnson has offered to be injected with Covid on live television to “show there is nothing to be afraid of”, according to reports.
Mr Cummings will claim that the Prime Minister said: ‘I am going to ask Chris Whitty (Chief Medical Officer) to inject me with it live on national television so that everyone can see that there is no what to be afraid of. “
He will tell MPs that the Prime Minister has made the remark on several occasions, according to the Daily Mail.
The Prime Minister has also reportedly called the virus “Kung-Flu”, which is likely to attract criticism.
Carrie and the Downing Street Apartment
Mystery surrounds how Boris Johnson financed a lavish overhaul of the 11 Downing Street apartment – where he lives – as the register of interests is still not released.
Perhaps Mr. Cummings can shed some light. He said he warned that the original plans for donors to fund the project were “unethical, senseless (and) possibly illegal.”
Likewise, he could shed light on his circle’s bitter power struggle with Carrie Symonds, who oversaw the redesign. While Mr Cummings has avoided commenting on the Prime Minister’s fiancee to date, an ally said he “will honestly answer any questions”.
After leaving No 10 with a box of papers last year, Mr Cummings tweeted: ‘I have the only copy of a crucial historical document of Covid decision-making’
Will he attempt a stunt by bringing documents to his audience and holding them in front of the camera – as he has done before?
Will it reveal anything that hasn’t been released before – and will it be allowed?
No10 was unable to say whether he had signed the Official Secrets Act when he accepted the post. If he didn’t, it could give him more freedom to humiliate Boris Johnson.