Dominic Cummings ‘resembles crazed cult leader’ as primetime BBC interview backfires

Dominic Cummings on plan to 'get rid' of Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson’s former chief advisor has been increasingly critical of the current Government – even claiming there was a plot to oust him from power just weeks after the 2019 landslide election. In the explosive sit-down chat with BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, the Vote Leave campaign director made no secret of his utter contempt for Mr Johnson’s wife – Carrie Symonds.

Referring to her as the Prime Minister’s girlfriend – he went on to accuse her of holding the real power in Number 10.

Mr Cummings left his post last November after he and close ally Lee Cain lost a power struggle with Mrs Johnson.

Analysing the fallout from the bombshell interview, political journalist Gordon Rayner said it was unlikely to deliver Mr Cummings’ ambition of dealing the Conservative Government a fatal blow.

Writing in the Telegraph, he said: “If he thought Dominic Cummings: The Interview meant the chance to settle scores with his many enemies, the opposite proved to be the case as viewers got the chance to stare into his soul.

“The more he spoke, the more he resembled a crazed cult leader as he revealed his grandiose plans to overthrow the system.

“He and his cabal of former Vote Leave acolytes had plotted to overthrow Boris Johnson ‘within days’ of the thumping general election win, he said, because ‘we’ knew better.

“It was ‘ludicrous’ that Mr Johnson was in power, he said, and he was ‘obviously’ trying to bring about his downfall, and ‘the sooner the better, for sure’.”

He added: “He repeatedly painted the Prime Minister as a fool, yet it was he himself who was utterly diminished by the interview.

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“Wearing the same crumpled white shirt he wore in his Number 10 heyday, he looked like a man clinging to a version of himself that no longer exists.”

During the interview, Mr Cummings claimed that he and his allies began to fear for their positions last January and started discussing Mr Johnson’s future.

He told the BBC: “(People) were already saying: ‘By the summer, either we’ll all have gone from here or we’ll be in the process of trying to get rid of (Mr Johnson) and get someone else in as Prime Minister’.”

Defending these discussions, he added: “He (the Prime Minister) doesn’t have a plan, he doesn’t know how to be Prime Minister and 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 situation we found ourselves in is that, within days… the Prime Minister’s girlfriend is trying to get rid of us and appoint complete clowns to certain key jobs.”

A Downing Street spokesperson declined to comment in detail on Mr Cummings’ allegations against Mrs Johnson.

They added: “Political appointments are entirely made by the Prime Minister.”

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