Dominic Cummings

This long read piece in the New Statesman tells one almost more than one needs to know about Dominic Cummings and his intellectual formation. Two things stand out: that at Oxford, he was a pupil of Norman Stone, who was a clever, radical Tory anarchist, who was also a well-known drunk, which could perhaps help to explain Cummings’ tendency to wander round the Commons with a glass in his hand and always arrive at work so late and so disheveled. The second thing is the amount of time he spent in Russia in the mid-1990s, where he will have witnessed at first hand and perhaps enjoyed the breakdown of civil society and the way it could benefit a small number of oligarchs who later helped to bankroll his Vote Leave campaign. Clever, undoubtedly, but corrupt as well.

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2019/09/dominic-cummings-machiavel-downing-street

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2 thoughts on “Dominic Cummings

  1. This makes very depressing reading. I hadn’t realised that Gove, by some way the most able man in the Cabinet, and Cummings were so close.

    Or that Cummings was so devious and shrewd. Stupid of me.

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