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Dominic Cummings, one of the architects behind Brexit and now the top adviser to the British Prime Minister, faces calls to resign as it is alleged he flouted his own lockdown policy.Read more from www.abc.net.au
An interesting day in UK politics!
Isn't this guy the puppet master behind Boris?
Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:
Isn't this guy the puppet master behind Boris?
He's an IT wonk, linked to the Facebook spying scandals.
If he was a politician, he'd be very dangerous and nasty - but I think he's more interested in the science of propaganda.
From 1999 to 2002, Cummings was campaign director at Business for Sterling, the campaign against the UK joining the Euro. He then became Director of Strategy for Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith for eight months in 2002, aiming to modernise the Conservative Party (of which he was not a member); however he soon left in frustration at the introduction of what he saw as half-measures, labelling Duncan Smith "incompetent". With James Frayne, he founded the New Frontiers Foundation think-tank as its director; it launched in December 2003 and closed in March 2005. Cummings was described as a "key figure" in the successful campaign against a North-East Regional Assembly in 2004, after which he moved to his father's farm in County Durham.
Cummings worked for Conservative politician Michael Gove from 2007 to January 2014, first in opposition and then, after Andy Coulson’s departure as a special adviser (spad) in the Department for Education (DfE). He was Gove's chief of staff, an appointment blocked by Andy Coulson until his own resignation. In this capacity, Cummings wrote an essay titled "Some thoughts on education and political priorities", about transforming Britain into a "meritocratic technopolis"; the essay was described by Guardian journalist Patrick Wintour as "either mad, bad or brilliant – and probably a bit of all three".
At the DfE, Cummings became known for his blunt style and "not suffering fools gladly"; he railed against the "blob", the informal alliance of senior civil servants and teachers who, in Cummings's opinion, sought to frustrate his attempts at reform. Cummings was also outspoken regarding other senior politicians, describing Nick Clegg's proposals on free school meals as "Dreamed up on the back of a cigarette packet", and David Davis as "thick as mince" and "lazy as a toad". Patrick Wintour described the Cummings–Gove working relationship: "Gove, polite to a fault, would often feign ignorance of his adviser’s methods, but knew full well the dark arts that Cummings deployed to get his master’s way". In 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron described Cummings as a "career psychopath", although the two had never met.
During his time as an official working for Gove, Cummings received a warning from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for use of private Gmail accounts to deal with government business, saying it should be 'actively discouraged'. The ICO uncovered an email from Cummings in which he said: 'i will not answer any further emails to my official DfE account or from conservatives.com – i will only answer things that come from Gmail accounts from people who I know who they are' [sic].
In 2014, Cummings left his job as a special adviser and noted that he might have a go at opening a free school. He had previously worked for the New Schools Network charity that advises free schools, as a volunteer from June 2009 and then as a paid freelancer from July to December 2010. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Cummings
The 72-year-old says he had three stents put in after suffering chest pains during a lengthy heath "saga".Read more from www.abc.net.au
Dominic Cummings says he did not break UK lockdown rules and acted "reasonably" by driving from one end of England to the other, and then going on a 50km day trip to a local beauty spot.Read more from www.abc.net.au
A good analysis of the situations as it stands at the moment!
Dominic Cummings attempted to put a stop to calls for him to be sacked by staging a press conference at Downing Street yesterday. If it was designed to impro...
He says it all!
Pie is let out of lockdown to do a report about the Dominic Cummings debacle. https://www.jonathanpie.com/
This is the truthful version of the statement Dominic Cummings gave to the press regarding breaking lockdown rules