Boris Johnson’s former deputy chief-of-staff Cleo Watson has in contrast her position in No 10 to being just like the prime minister’s “nanny”.
In her first public feedback since leaving Downing Road in 2020, the previous aide additionally described how workers created a “pet gate” barrier to forestall Mr Johnson leaving his workplace throughout his intervals of self-isolation.
In an article for Tatler journal, Ms Watson, who was introduced into authorities by Dominic Cummings after engaged on the 2016 Vote Go away marketing campaign, mentioned: “My position at No 10 sounds fancy, however loads of the time I used to be a lot nearer to being Boris’s nanny.”
Offering an unflattering depiction of her time in No 10, she mentioned that when testing was restricted on the onset of the pandemic in 2020 she “typically” took the PM’s temperature to verify whether or not he had Covid signs.
“‘It’s that point once more, prime minister!’ I’d say. Every time, by no means prepared to overlook a very good slapstick alternative, he dutifully feigned bending over,” she wrote.
Ms Watson additionally claimed she needed to ceaselessly scold the prime minister for “making gags corresponding to ‘Kung-Flu’ and ‘Aye! Corona!’” in the course of the pandemic.
She mentioned Mr Johnson was “pinged” a few occasions by the NHS Covid app which on the time pressured individuals to self-isolate for a number of days after coming into contact with an individual who had examined optimistic for the virus.
The prime minister, she mentioned, “insisted on working from his downstairs workplace whereas isolating”, including: “Very quickly, this required establishing chairs as limitations within the doorway, as he couldn’t resist stepping over the brink into our adjoining room to see over shoulders at what individuals have been engaged on (invariably in a pair of another person’s prepared glasses he’d discovered mendacity round).
“So the prime ministerial ‘pet gate’ was created. He’d kneel on the seats, his elbows propped excessive, like an ideal unruly golden retriever, howling for consideration”.
Describing her personal sacking from No 10 in November 2020, Ms Watson claimed the prime minister informed her within the Cupboard Room she reminded him of Mr Cummings, who had left the federal government two weeks beforehand.
“It’s like a wedding has ended, we’ve divided up our issues and I’ve stored an unsightly outdated lamp. However each time I have a look at that lamp, it jogs my memory of the particular person I used to be with. You’re that lamp”.
She added: “As so many in politics know, the tip comes eventually — typically sooner, in the event you’re employed by this prime minister (Though I suppose he’s had karma returned with curiosity not too long ago).”
No 10 has been contacted for remark.