The former Prime Minister’s adviser said Mr Johnson wanted to be like the mayor of the movie Jaws, who kept beaches open to protect the local economy despite the threat posed by a killer shark.
Mr Cummings said the policy was “madness” because, although there were restrictions imposed nationally from the end of March 2020, travelers were coming from infected areas.
“Basically there was no proper border policy because the Prime Minister never wanted a proper border policy,” he told MPs.
“Several times in a meeting after a meeting, I and others have said that all we have to do is upload the Singapore or Taiwan documents in English and force them here.
“We are imposing all of these restrictions on people nationally, but people can see that everyone is from infected areas, this is madness, it undermines the whole message that we should take it seriously.
“By then he was back, ‘the lockdown was a terrible mistake, I should have been the mayor of Jaws, we should never have closed one, the travel industry will be all destroyed if we let’s introduce a serious border policy. “.
“To which, of course, some of us said there would be no tourism industry in the fall if we have a second wave, the whole logic was completely wrong.”
France must impose a mandatory quarantine on visitors from the UK to prevent the spread of the Indian variant of the coronavirus, the government said.
Spokesman Gabriel Attal said the new measure would be similar to limits imposed in Germany on people coming from the UK.
“France will take similar measures and therefore put in place compulsory isolation for people coming from the United Kingdom,” he said.
He did not say when quarantine will be introduced. He said more information would be released shortly.
From Sunday, Germany began requiring people arriving from the UK to self-quarantine for 14 days, in response to the spread in Britain of the Indian variant.
Airlines and the like can also only carry German citizens and UK residents.
The possibility of tightening French restrictions for British visitors was first raised on Sunday by Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The minister suggested Britain could be placed in a full-fledged health category, somewhere between the more stringent measures France is imposing on visitors from India and 15 other countries, and more relaxed requirements for visitors from the European Union and certain other countries.
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