Dominic Cummings does it again, going after his old boss in a lengthy new blog post.
In his latest entry, titled “Boris: Normal Mode vs. Self-Conscious Mode,” the former chief assistant to the Prime Minister revealed even more details about the conversations he had with the Prime Minister while he was at the heart of number 10.
The Vote Leave mastermind also took the opportunity to question the public’s perceptions of Boris Johnson, insisting that it was not just the image of “clown” usually. portrayed “by the media.
“The truth is,” he’s neither a clown nor a “country genius,” Cummings wrote in his paywall-protected Substack article. “Boris is complex but described as simple. “
He continued, “Behind every mask hides another mask – but there is no master plan behind the masks, just the old ‘will to power’.
“He is happy to hide behind the mask of a clown, mostly indifferent to ridicule, while the calculations remain largely hidden (including in parts of his own mind.”
His assessment received mixed reviews on Twitter, with some users praising the former adviser’s analysis, while others criticized him for “creating the monster.”
Here’s a look at what the commentators had to say:
In his Sub stack blog post, published Monday, Cummings also revealed that he had always thought Johnson was “unfit to be prime minister.”
“He knew that too,” said the former right-hand man, suggesting that Johnson himself admitted his suitability for the role.
Cummings said the future prime minister made the admission the day after the EU referendum and shortly after David Cameron stepped down as leader.
He wrote: “On June 24, 2016, at Vote Leave HQ, just after Cameron resigned, Boris dragged me into the odd little room where the ‘campaign in the countryside’ was taking place. And now?
Boris said to me, laughing, ‘Obviously it’s ridiculous that I’m prime minister – but no more ridiculous than Dave (Cameron) or George, don’t you think? “
“I agreed and reminded him of the main elements of the deal we had agreed with (Michael) Gove on what to do next.”
Cummings left Downing Street in November last year following a furious internal power struggle with the then Prime Minister’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds.
After weeks of criticism of Johnson, Cummings wrote that he was asked why he accepted the role of Downing Street “if you knew Boris was so desperate” and why he was involved in the 2019 general election.
In his new post, Cummings said that in the spring of 2019 he and his team discussed the “pros and cons” of his appointment as Prime Minister, writing that Johnson’s time as Foreign Secretary was a “stern warning of the dangers to come”.
He said he had decided to ‘roll the dice’ and support efforts to put Mr Johnson at number 10, over fears that former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn would become prime minister and the possibility of a second referendum on the EU.
He added: “If we win the election then he tries to get us out of No 10, we can try to get him out of No 10 – two can play that game – and we can use shuffles to move. much more capable people in position.
In the 2016 Tory leadership race, Johnson walked out after his ally Michael Gove, who was his campaign manager, drastically resigned and himself made an offer for the leadership.
Johnson became Prime Minister in 2019 after winning the Conservative Party leadership race following Theresa May’s resignation, and won a landslide general election victory later in the year.
In his blog post, Cummings also attacked the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie, claiming that she “often whispered” in Johnson’s ear.
He said the Prime Minister’s personality changed last year when “Boris-Carrie Fashion” premiered, adding that he intended to write more blog posts about the couple’s relationship.
He wrote: “In 2020 a new, very unwanted version appeared – the Boris-Carrie mode – which, like a demonic Russian virus, began to overwrite previous versions of Boris. “
Stay tuned for the next episode … Cummings is clearly not going anywhere.