The original (I think), relevant paragraph:
"At a private engagement at the end of February, Cummings outlined the government’s strategy. Those present say it was “herd immunity, protect the economy and if that means some pensioners die, too bad”."https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/coronavirus-ten-days-that-shook-britain-and-changed-the-nation-for-ever-spz6sc9vb
Notice how the words aren't actually attributed directly to Dominic Cummings. "it was..." So, what gives? Is this the "taken out of context" and/or "misrepresented" excuse that others involved in politics so often use to refute allegations? Like the scruffy old man, you know, the one with the dodgy bike and ill fitting jacket, looks like Steptoe, anyway, him. It looks a bit like "those present" sorta kinda remembered some stuff. But that's plural - "those present". How does that work then, did the journalist interview them separately, but they all said exactly the same thing? It's in quotes, after all. Or maybe as the words aren't attributed directly
to Dominic Cummings, he can't sue, is that it? Still, mud sticks, and all that, eh?
Apparently he definitely said it on Twitter. But it's been deleted now.