The advisor who is running the Tory government for Boris Johnson should “vanish”, according to a former Chancellor as the Tory Party continues to convulse over the resignation of Andrew Sabisky.
Dominic Cummings employed Sabisky and appears to share his views on race, sex and eugenics – along with Johnson himself.
Those views were well-publicised, and Sabisky would have gone through a vetting process before being allowed anywhere near a Downing Street job.
If Number 10 vetted Sabisky, they’re in trouble: it would mean they OK’d his eugenic ravings.
— Michael Rosen (@MichaelRosenYes) February 19, 2020
Michael Rosen is right – so Kenneth Clarke is also right.
Mr Clarke said Cummings has become too public a figure, and his position can only remain tenable if he fades into the background again.
But this is unlikely to happen as too many of Johnson’s policies have originated with Cummings – and are too controversial to stay out of the news.
“You can’t go on like this, you can’t govern a country and explain what you’re doing for the public by the medium of leaks from an exotic aide in Number 10,” he said.
He told podcast host Paul Brand it is not Mr Cummings’ job to brief newspapers and claimed what he tells them is “absolute nonsense”.
He went on: “It will after time become ridiculous and actually it will go wrong there are plenty of bad news gaffs that keep occurring now.”
When asked if Mr Cummings holds too much of a strong position, Mr Clarke said: “I don’t know what power he has but he shouldn’t have the power of the Prime Minister, he just has the ear of the Prime Minister”.
But we have seen that prime ministerial power is exactly what Cummings seems to have – and Mr Clarke, who was expelled from the Conservative Party by Johnson for rebelling over Brexit – made that clear in an interview with the BBC.
At the moment, when I read the newspapers, Dominic Cummings seems to be briefing the newspapers on his own personal agenda.
I don’t get the impression that politicians are in charge, together with someone who knows something about governing.
The governing of the country is more than going round saying, ‘Oooh, 2020 is going to be a golden year, we are going to be a global Britain.’
At the moment we have a stagnant, fragile economy; an angry discontent population, particularly the white working class in the north and north midlands where I am.
They’ve now got five years and certainly for the first two or three they can do whatever they want. Do they know what they want, and are they prepared for that?
The answer seems clear: Boris Johnson hasn’t got a clue – that is the reason he is so reliant on Cummings.
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