The content was shocking, but what has also got people talking is the PM’s writing style.
Mr Cummings published one screenshot in which the Prime Minister described Mr Hancock as “totally f****** hopeless” in an exchange about testing.
In another message about struggles to procure ventilators, Mr Johnson responded: “It’s Hancock. He has been hopeless.”
Downing Street did not dispute the authenticity of the messages, or most of the claims made by Mr Johnson’s former chief aide, but insisted the Prime Minister has full confidence in Mr Hancock.
Today, financial secretary to the treasury, Jesse Norman also said the prime minister is “firmly behind” Mr Hancock following the extraordinary revelations.
He said: “the prime minister obviously, as anybody would detect, is a massive supporter of the health secretary, he’s coming firmly behind him. There can be no question of loss of confidence.”
Back to the messages and, from the look of the screen shots, Dominic Cummings sends essay-length messages, which will come as no surprise.
Our PM appears to write like an overexcited teenager, who has drank one a few bottles of pop, just before bedtime.
Just a quick reminder that he runs the country.
Anyway, it wasn’t long before those pesky kids on twitter pulled his writing style apart.
Boris texting like it’s the night before his GCSE chemistry exam and he hasn’t revised https://t.co/No2gZm8Tfb— Jason Okundaye (@jasebyjason) June 16, 2021
Why does Boris Johnson text like me texting my friends on plans to get drunk https://t.co/zdJaimasas— bee ☽ (@_BEE2121_) June 16, 2021
The prime minister “wtf do we do”— Jake 💚💛🏴 (@NCFCJake) June 16, 2021
Boris texting like a he’s in a year 10 group chat.— Victoria 🎀 (@vickyallover) June 16, 2021
why do I find the thought of Boris Johnson texting "Wtf" and "brill" so upsetting? https://t.co/20uZ6UHzLk— Ifan Llewelyn (@ifan_llewelyn) June 17, 2021
🤦♂️ It's not a long shot to suggest that "Wtf do we do ?" is a likely response from Boris Johnson to most of the decisions that he has to make as Prime Minister of the UK. https://t.co/PqKRf2AGXF— Ross Colquhoun (@rosscolquhoun) June 16, 2021
The prime minister uses am instead of I’m.. https://t.co/4lLzRFrFBx— Barry Haze (@Kwenergymmnt) June 16, 2021
Totally going to start using the word "spasm" when talking about polling movements now. pic.twitter.com/fXvkHsjVaZ— Chris Curtis (@chriscurtis94) June 16, 2021
The PM’s three missed calls also didn’t go unnoticed either!
Not the most important point, but there's some strong "Cameron texting Sunak" energy to three missed calls at half past midnight https://t.co/PAHjojdMIk— Tim Durrant (@timd_IFG) June 16, 2021
Imagine having the confidence to just miss three calls in a row from the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/XqTKE5sJ6T— Chris Curtis (@chriscurtis94) June 16, 2021