Boris Johnson has been trying to become Prime Minister for the whole of his life. It must be a bit disappointing, then, to find that someone else is ruling the roost in Downing Street.
Dominic Cummings, the brains behind the Vote Leave campaign, has strong-armed his way into the heart of government and is trying everything possible to force through his dream policy: a no-deal Brexit.
Thanks to his aggressive tactics and narrow-minded beliefs, Cummings has already made a bunch of enemies, and it’s clear he doesn’t have the interests of the country at heart. Here are five of the main reasons why Cummings should be ditched from Downing Street.
1. He’s been found in contempt of Parliament
Cummings was found in contempt of Parliament earlier this year for failing to take part in the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee’s inquiry into fake news. The committee wanted Cummings to answer allegations related to the Vote Leave campaign.
Surely no-one who has been found in contempt of Parliament should be rewarded with an influential role at the heart of government.
2. The lies of the Vote Leave campaign
As the Vote Leave Campaign Director, Cummings helped to spread the infamous and widely-debunked £350 million NHS pledge during the 2016 referendum.
Although he too has called the accuracy of the figure into question, he believes the claim won the referendum. Writing in the Spectator after the event, Cummings said: “Would we have won without £350m/NHS? All our research and the close result strongly suggests. No.”
3. Advising Boris Johnson to shutdown Parliament
The Observer has revealed that, since August, Cummings has been scheming to prorogue Parliament in an effort to stop MPs from blocking a no-deal Brexit.
However, this strategic move has spectacularly backfired. Cummings has merely succeeded in uniting opposition parties and much of the country against the shutdown. Surely this level of gross incompetence alone means he should lose his job.
4. Overseeing a “reign of terror” inside Downing Street
Senior politicians, a former Cabinet Secretary and an ex-head of the Home Civil Service have all called for an inquiry into Cummings’ decision to sack the Chancellor’s media advisor – who was escorted out of Downing Street by armed police.
Margot James, the MP for Stourbridge who lost the Conservative whip on Tuesday night for voting against the government, has described the presence of Cummings in Downing Street as “very dangerous”. She also noted that “he couldn’t care less whether we got a deal or whether we didn’t”.
5. He thinks people are poor because they have bad genes
Cummings once wrote a paper saying that people are poor because of their genetics. In the document [p.74], Cummings says that government policies designed to raise the performance of poorer children are “worthwhile,” but ultimately won’t make much difference, because the ability of students is shaped by their genes.
Having offensive, Victorian opinions isn’t necessarily a sackable offence (indeed, it hasn’t stopped Jacob Rees-Mogg so far), but it does give a further insight into the mind of a man that has the ear of our Prime Minister.
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