DANIEL JOHNSON: Why treat Dominic Cummings' every claim as the truth?

Dominic Cummings is a liar and an embittered narcissist. 그래서, asks DANIEL JOHNSON, why treat his every claim as the gospel truth?

Am I the only person in Britain who finds the behaviour of 도미닉 커밍스 towards 보리스 존슨 not only dishonourable but positively sinister?

Cummings is not merely nursing a grudge, but running a campaign to remove an elected Prime Minister.

He has undermined the Government he used to serve at every step. It is he who has kept the stories about what supposedly went on at 다우닝가 on the front pages.

도미닉 커밍스, the former Chief Advisor to Prime Minister, pictured leaving his house in North London last week

도미닉 커밍스, the former Chief Advisor to Prime Minister, pictured leaving his house in North London last week

The drip-drip release of his venomous accusations seems designed to thwart any possibility of normal service being resumed, just as the country is getting back on its feet.

Like a nightmarish spectre, he reappears on cue to hinder any return to serious politics.

For Cummings, it is all about him and his vendetta against Boris and Carrie Johnson.

Control

I don’t condone the Downing Street parties, nor Boris’s easygoing attitude to office conviviality and rule-breaking.

He has made plenty of other mistakes, 너무. Like any PM, 그러나, Boris deserves to be judged by the voters, not by a spin-doctor playing God. And a liar to boot.

Cummings is a man who concealed the fact that he had broken the Covid rules and lied to cover his tracks.

Nobody believed his ludicrous claim that he drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight — but he has stuck to it.

Cummings making a statement inside 10 Downing Street on May 25, 2020 where he claimed that he drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight

Cummings making a statement inside 10 Downing Street on May 25, 2020 where he claimed that he drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight

On other matters, 하나, he keeps changing his story. In his Rose Garden press conference, he insisted that he and his wife had fled from London to the North-East because, stricken with illness, they needed childcare for their son.

Later he said the real reason was anxiety about his security. No wonder he was the butt of every cartoonist and comedian in the land.

Yet his claims are now treated by sympathetic journalists as gospel truth. 지난 여름, Cummings was given the royal treatment by the BBC: a full-length, prime-time interview with Laura Kuenssberg.

He told her that he had only worked for Boris in order to control him: ‘We only got him in there because we had to solve a certain problem, not because he was the right person to be running the country.

The BBC’s political editor asked him: ‘Don’t you think that sounds unbelievably arrogant?’ Cummings was astonished that anyone might think so.

He may be the mastermind behind Brexit, but on this and other appearances, he struck most people not only as a narcissist but as slightly deranged and with a sense of entitlement the size of Big Ben.

Warne의 경력에서 호주의 유일한 Ashes 손실은 낮은 점수를 기록해야했습니다, absurdly, that as soon as January 2020, a month after the landslide election, the PM’s advisers had raised the possibility of a coup against him because of Carrie Symonds (as she then was).

His obsession with ‘petticoat politics— a misogynistic intolerance of powerful political women — is curiously old-fashioned.

It is nothing new for a discarded and embittered right-hand man to turn against his former patron. Who could forget how Margaret Thatcher was brought down by those who had risen on her coat-tails?

But at least the Howes and Hezzas were elected. The conduct of Cummings — a former policy wonk who has never been elected to so much as a parish council — has something pathological about it.

Think of Shakespeare’s Iago, who systematically poisons Othello’s mind with jealousy, or Harold Pinter’s film The Servant, in which Dirk Bogarde’s character destroys his master.

Cummings is using emails, messages and other private correspondence to destroy Boris Johnson, the man who — with hindsight, most unwisely — took him into his confidence. It is a monstrous and unprecedented betrayal of trust.

Worse even than this personal vendetta is the cynical way in which, having been entrusted while in Downing Street with considerable power and influence over a wide range of policy, he now plots to sabotage the national recovery after the worst crisis since World War II.

Cummings and Johnson together in 2019. Cummings was the Prime Minister's chief advisor from July 2019 11월까지 2020

Cummings and Johnson together in 2019. Cummings was the Prime Minister’s chief advisor from July 2019 11월까지 2020

If Cummings really wished to serve the common good, he would release all the information he claims to have immediately and allow others to analyse it.

But the public interest he purports to care about is evidently not what motivates him at all. '고객님의 부당한 요구를 추모하고 대응하기 위해 Healthy Spot에 대한 변호인으로 작성합니다', everything he does has one purpose only — and it is entirely destructive.

사실로, it is even self-destructive. Dominic Cummings is so determined to bring down Boris that he does not seem to care whether he loses what is left of his own reputation in the process.

Perhaps he imagines himself as Sherlock Holmes, wrestling with Professor Moriarty as they plunge into the Reichenbach Falls together.

He may have been played by Benedict Cumberbatch in a Channel 4 drama about Brexit, but it is Moriarty, not Holmes, that Cummings most resembles.

Here I should declare an interest. Boris Johnson and I are not related, though I worked with him as a colleague at the Telegraph more than 20 여러 해 전에.

We bump into each other occasionally and he is always cordial, but that’s as far as it goes.

Disloyalty

I have never made the acquaintance of Dominic Cummings and have no personal animus against him. But I do remember the first time I encountered him, 에 2002.

He had just been made director of strategy by Iain Duncan Smith, the new leader of the Conservative Party — even though Cummings boasts that he has never been a Tory.

Not only did he soon fall out with his boss: he then helped to wreck Duncan Smith’s leadership.

No wonder, now that he is doing the same thing to Boris as he did to Iain, I have a sense of déjà vu. Loyalty seems to be an alien concept to him.








Johnson during PMQs last week. His former top aide Cummings accused the Prime Minister of lying to Parliament

Johnson during PMQs last week. His former top aide Cummings accused the Prime Minister of lying to Parliament

Almost as breathtaking as his disloyalty is his reluctance to accept responsibility. For nearly a year, Cummings was all-powerful in Downing Street, especially on staffing matters.

Ministers and civil servants alike were afraid of him. He even managed to force Sajid Javid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, to resign by demanding the head of Javid’s special adviser.

Yet in his account of his conversation with Boris Johnson about the party on May 20, 2020, Cummings puts the onus on the Prime Minister to stop it.

He claims to have told him: ‘You’ve got to grip this madhouse,’ only to be rebuffed: ‘The PM waved it aside.

But there is something wrong with the veracity of this account. 당시, Cummings was powerful enough to have stopped the party without even involving the PM. So why didn’t he ‘get a gripon the No 10 staff himself?

Ravings

This story, like so many others told by Cummings on the basis of remarks or messages taken out of context, seems designed to shift the blame for what happened onto his boss.

He reminds me of Groucho Marx in A Night At The Opera: presented with a bill, he hands it to his blonde dining companion and says: ‘If I were you, I wouldn’t pay it.

Cummings prides himself on his pitiless ruthlessness. He is a man who, as Jeremy Thorpe said of Harold Macmillan, would lay down his friends for his life.

Cummings managed to force Sajid Javid (사진), then Chancellor of the Exchequer, to resign by demanding the head of Javid's special adviser

Cummings managed to force Sajid Javid (사진), then Chancellor of the Exchequer, to resign by demanding the head of Javid’s special adviser

He might dress like Worzel Gummidge but he comes across like Peter Sellers as Dr Strangelove.

Perhaps because he is more than a little touched by megalomania, Cummings cuts an absurd character on the public stage.

With his pseudoscientific ravings on his blog and his mission to ‘rewire the whole system’, he sometimes seems to have a tenuous grip on reality.

He is a disciple of the ancient Chinese master of strategy, Sun Tzu. 하나, his attempts to apply The Art of War to Westminster or Whitehall have resulted in a scorched earth attitude to government.

Can he be stopped? 혹시, if the media establishment ignore him. Yet his spiteful vendetta suits all those who can’t wait to see the back of the PM.

What an irony: Cummings has ended up doing the dirty work for the Boris-hating elites this Government was elected to cut down to size.

Daniel Johnson is editor of TheArticle.com