Dominic Cummings has been in the news a lot recently. They say there’s no such thing as bad news, but no politician wants to face losing his job under the sort of public scrutiny currently facing Boris Johnson’s political strategist. The Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister needs some advice himself now that he’s gone against government guidelines by driving from London to Durham. Although the police concluded that he didn’t break lockdown rules, politicians, including SNP leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford and the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, have called for him to resign.
The man’s made a career out of “pitting the people against the political elite” as the New Stateman put it, so you’d think he’s a man of the people. The Vote Leave campaign he fronted framed Brexit as a victory over the elitists who’d lost touch with the common man. That’s odd when you consider his background. He was privately educated in Durham before studying in Oxford. Oh, and he’s married into a family that lives in a castle.
This is a man who accidentally finds himself in the middle of controversy. When he was responsible for The Spectator’s website, he published a controversial cartoon of the prophet Muhammad with a bomb. It sparked riots. But perhaps the image wasn’t as provocative as the caption underneath it which read, “…as European populations die and Muslim populations grow…Britain’s comic political class cannot even control Islamic terrorists when they finally lock a few up in prison.”
While Cummings served as Michael Gove’s senior aide, he engaged in a war of words with the PM, David Cameron. He called the PM “bumbling” and said that the chief of staff was “a sycophant presiding over a shambolic court.” Cameron responded by saying Cummings’ actions showed there’s now a path from special advisor to “career psychopath”.
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