Former chief adviser to the prime minister, Dominic Cummings, says he regards Boris Johnson as “incapacitated”.
When presenting evidence to the Commons Health and Social Care and Science and Technology Committees, he said the couple’s relationship took a “terrible leap” after the second lockdown in October.
Mr. Cummings added: “The Prime Minister knew I held him responsible for the whole situation, and so did I.
“By October 31, our relationships were essentially over. The fact that his girlfriend wanted to get rid of me too was relevant, but not at the heart of the problem.
“The heart of the problem was basically that I saw him as incapacitated and tried to create a structure around him to try to stop what I thought were extremely bad decisions and to do other things against his wishes.
“He thought he was prime minister and I should just do what he wanted me to.”
Mr Cummings said the Prime Minister was “upset” with advisers for convincing him to impose the initial lockdown and later thought he was “played” on NHS numbers.
He said, “There’s a big misunderstanding that people have because it almost killed him, so he must have taken it seriously.
“But actually, his view after the first lockdown was … he was angry with me and others for what he saw as basically pushing into the first lockdown.
“His argument after that was literally,” I should have been the mayor of Jaws and kept the beaches open, “he has said on many, many occasions.
“He didn’t think in July or September that thank God we did the first lockdown, it was obviously the right thing, etc., etc. His argument then was that we shouldn’t have done the first lockout, and it’s not me will make the same mistake again.
“He also essentially thought that he was put on the numbers at the first ban and thought the NHS somehow got through …”