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Across seven hours of testimony on Wednesday, the prime minister’s former chief advisor, Dominic Cummings, spared few of his erstwhile colleagues.

Boris Johnson was “unfit for the job”, he said. Health Secretary Matt Hancock “should have been fired for at least 15 to 20 things” and displayed “criminal, disgraceful behaviour”, he alleged. Both deny it.

Most damningly, “tens of thousands of people died, who didn’t need to die,” Cummings asserted.

For some of those bereaved by the pandemic, it begged a question: could my loved one still be alive if the government had done things differently?