IS for CWA, November 18, 2020
The Prime Minister’s chief adviser on Brexit, and optometry, has been made redundant in the middle of a pandemic. “How will he cope!?”…the nation hasn’t cried. “But why?”…questioned the press whilst wringing blood-soaked headlines from the story: ‘Cummings’ forced out in purge of Brexiteers’, shouted The Times; ‘PM’s team torn apart by feud’, asserted the i; ‘SEE YA!’, waved The Star; ‘Johnson cuts Cummings loose’, The FT informed. Each headline confident that Cummings had been unceremoniously axed by his boss, Boris Johnson. And yet, Cummings had always said he’d leave, anyway; a fact that is certainly lost in the majority of the headlines and buried deep into the reporting.
On the 2nd of January 2020, Cummings wrote in a recruitment blogpost for government positions which included a call for, ‘Weirdos and misfits with odd skills’, alongside world-class PhDs and non-PhDs alike. A rather unusual recruitment brief, but alongside this he also wanted, ‘to improve performance and make me much less important — and within a year largely redundant.’ Cummings has got what he wanted…hasn’t he? Sort of.
As a Brexiteer, Cummings has never shied away from stating his aim: to subvert the current political system. His rhetoric is anti-establishment, whilst operating within the established system of UK politics. Also, a year on from his blogpost he is largely redundant — although the perceived current state of Brexit would indicate there’s some way to go to ‘improve performance’, perhaps. But Cummings may be no longer interested, and that’s not surprising. Cummings has frequently shaken his bag of cats when talking amongst the political pigeons by stating that leaders are not fit to be leaders because of their inadequate education and training, which results in them being unable to, ‘devise policy and manage complex situations’. In this respect, I have a tendency to agree…