Whatever happened to Dominic Cummings?
Did he quit his job as a prime ministerial advisor, ahead of being sacked? Did he apologise to the nation?
Boris Johnson told us he was on his “last warning”, as if that means anything to us.
His arrogance has been unforgivable. His “last warning” should have been before the lockdown was imposed in Mid-March – not after he broke it in everybody’s face.
Nobody believed it anyway. When Boris Johnson failed spectacularly during Prime Minister’s Questions this week, we all thought he was wearing an earpiece so Demonic could Dominate him from a backroom.
There has been one dead cat after another. Today’s was the revival of a plan to build a new Royal Yacht, to cost the people of the UK £100 million that would be better-spent rebuilding the fabric of our ruined society after 41 years of neoliberal conservative rule and the Covid-19 pandemic.
So this question is pertinent:
Why is #DominicCummings still employed?
Why has he not been fired for his actions? People have made great scarifices to keep to the guidence.
Why do the right wing consider themselves above others?
— Ms.expressioness@damnation #NotMeUs (@expressionessd1) June 5, 2020
Also, if Cummings was on his “last warning” earlier this week, shouldn’t he be out on his ear after this revelation?
EXCLUSIVE -Dominic Cummings "Spare Cottage" is Without Planning Permission and Pays No Council Tax https://t.co/ZSeMFasySd
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) May 30, 2020
Dominic Cummimgs; a Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, made it clear that he had stayed at a “spare cottage” at his father’s farm when he addressed allegations that he had broken lockdown restrictions in April.
The cottage in question is not registered for Council Tax, nor has planning permission been sought for the cottage from Durham County Council.
So he broke lockdown and social distancing rules in order to stay in a house that is a standing violation of planning laws, where Council Tax is avoided. Am I correct in that assumption?
And still this creepy little rule-flouter is drawing fat amounts of cash from the public purse.
Simon Wren-Lewis makes some good suggestions on Mainly Macro. He writes:
The old rules, like when an adviser becomes the story they go, just do not hold anymore, because this government has no respect for those rules.
Cummings is so valuable… He gaslighted half a nation into making them[selves] poorer because of an issue few of them had cared about before the referendum. To then convince enough people that Johnson accepting a deal which the EU originally proposed and the UK rejected was some kind of triumph was also impressive. Winning a large majority in the subsequent election sealed his reputation as a master manipulator of voters, although it has to be said that with all these things he had tremendous help from the collective media.
He wants a say in everything any minister does that might influence his mission… [and Boris Johnson] is happy to allow his partner in crime to pursue his own agenda, because Johnson does not have an extensive agenda of his own.
The ultimate in Cummings gaslighting was his appearance in the Rose Garden of No.10. As Frances Coppola writes, it was a gigantic show, a show of personal power. Look what I can do, he was saying. I can lie about why I went to Barnard Castle, I can lie about how I foresaw how vulnerable the UK was to a pandemic, and there is nothing you can do about it, much like all the previous lies I have made in the past and got others to say.
Yup. This Site drew attention to this lie but hardly anybody paid attention.
And later, when a BBC presenter tells the truth about what he did, his helpers get the BBC to give her a reprimand.
Again, I highlighted the injustice of this, to a chorus of tumbleweeds.
It is not as if Cummings necessarily improves Johnson’s decision making capacity. What Johnson desperately needs is someone with a proven record of gaslighting a nation to get voters to forget about it all as quickly as possible. For that reason Cummings survives, for now at least.
So there you have it.
Dominic Cummings will remain at Downing Street as long as he manages to do what Boris Johnson cannot, which is to make Boris Johnson look acceptable.
He has enjoyed the complicity of the right-wing media in this.
But the press pack has shown signs of turning lately. With Keir Starmer dragging Labour back across to the political right-wing, they have a new horse to back while still supporting the idea that rich people should be allowed to do what they want, especially if it humiliates the poor.
Maybe Demonic’s days are numbered after all. But don’t get your hopes up because even if that does happen, you won’t reap the benefits.
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