It is widely believed that Boris Johnson’s unelected adviser Dominic Cummings is running the country, according to House of Commons veteran Ken Clarke.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, he said there is a consensus that Cummings has a “belligerent” attitude and is pulling the strings of government behind the scenes.
He said: “The very wide and almost universally held theory in the Palace of Westminster by ministers and backbenchers [is] this chap Cummings is really running the government.”
This comes after Clarke, a Conservative MP of nearly 50 years, had the whip removed on Tuesday after he voted against the government to block a no-deal Brexit.
It’s believed that the strategy to purge Clarke and 20 other Tory MPs was cooked up by Cummings, who is rumoured to have said: “When are you f*cking MPs going to realise we are leaving on October 31st? We are going to purge you.”
But his aggressive tactics have not gone unnoticed among those in Westminster.
Clarke added: “Everybody seems to think that he’s firstly never belonged to the Conservative Party and secondly he has this amazingly belligerent approach and doesn’t quite understand Parliament and the rule of law.”
And Clarke is not the only (former) member of the Conservative Party to take issue with Cummings. Earlier this week, we reported that Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale had called Cummings an “unelected, foul-mouthed oaf” and accused him of “throwing his weight around”, while rebel Tory MPs have called for him to be sacked due to his behaviour.
Meanwhile, it is known that Cummings has been found in contempt of Parliament by refusing to attend a Select Committee inquiry, spread misinformation as director of the Vote Leave campaign, and frogmarched a sacked adviser out of Parliament. He also thinks that people in poverty have bad genes.
Clarke added that he has never met Cummings and does not wish to, meaning that he joins the ranks of people who seem to think Dominic Cummings would be better of Dominic Going.