A number of key Downing Street figures from the early days of the pandemic have been giving evidence at the Covid Inquiry this week.
From revelations about Boris Johnson believing 'the old should accept their fate', to troubling insights into the dysfunction at the heart of government, the chaos and lack of leadership during the crisis has been laid bare.
Here's what we learnt from the appearances of Dominic Cummings, Lee Cain and Helen MacNamara and others this week. READ MORE: The 16 Covid Inquiry bombshells from shocking day of WhatsApp message revelations READ MORE: The explosive WhatsApp messages from inside Downing Street heard at Covid inquiry as Dominic Cummings gave evidence The inquiry heard multiple references to Boris Johnson as 'the trolley' who tended to 'wild oscillations', while former No 10's communications director Lee Cain admitted that his former boss's erratic decision-making was 'rather exhausting'.
And in WhatsApp messages shared with the inquiry, the UK's top civil servant Simon Case said that Mr Johnson 'cannot lead' and was making government 'impossible'.