Who is Dominic Cummings?
Op-Ed by Frank Krampfort using open source information which might well raise more than a few eyebrows amongst the Kremlinologists.
Mr Cummings enjoys the full confidence and support of Boris Johnson and appears to be the second most powerful person in Britain. His official job title is ‘Chief Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of The United Kingdom’. He got into the headlines recently when it became clear that it was he who pressured out the likable Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid. Sajid objected to his team of advisors being sacked and replaced exclusively by people hand picked by Cummings, which would have made him ‘CHINO’; Chancellor in name only.
Cummings has a First from Oxford. Immediately after Oxford he was in Russia working on ‘special projects’ from 1994-97. No one seems to know what he got up to when he was there.
When he returned, there was a two year gap between jobs. It is not clear what he was doing at that time. From 1999 to 2002, wiki reports that he 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.
His big break came in 2007, when became a ‘spad’ (special advisor) for Michael Gove, first in opposition and then in government from 2010.
He was highly successful as director of ‘Vote Leave’, which is where he derives his power from today. He credits his project manager, Victoria Woodcock, who ran Vote Leave — “she was a truly awesome project manager and without her Cameron would certainly have won.”
In 2014, the then Prime Minister David Cameron described Cummings as a “career psychopath”, although the two had never met.
In November 2019, a whistleblower questioned about Cummings’ interactions during his years in Russia; The Sunday Times reported that Whitehall was keeping certain government business from Cummings.
Journalist Owen Bennett claimed that Cummings “is a Russophile, speaks Russian and is passionately interested in Dostoyevsky”, while Patrick Wintour in The Guardian reported that “Anna Karenina, maths and Bismarck are his three obsessions.”
His website reveals a sharp intelligence, unusual thinking and striking creativity. He claims never to have been a member of any political party. There are a number of links on his website to blogs and websites that he recommends. One of those, almost unbelievably, is Zero Hedge, a conspiracy theorist ‘alt-right’ pro-Russia site run by a sinister Bulgarian with US citizenship; Daniel Ivandjiiski, who writes garbage under the notorious pen name of ‘Tyler Durden’.
To be “passionately interested in Dostoyevsky” is a bit weird; disturbing even, since Dostoyevsky liked to explore dark and sinister themes with little discernible moral integrity.
As of now there might well be a red flag on MI5’s file on this guy. Having seen off Jeremy Corbyn, a confirmed kremlin asset (big thanks for that Boris), it would be grim to have made that achievement only to find a different type of mole burrowing away on behalf of a hostile power. Of course there could be a perfectly innocent explanation for all this and Cummings does note the following on the recruitment section of his website :
‘We need some true wild cards, artists, people who never went to university and fought their way out of an appalling hell hole, weirdos from William Gibson novels like that girl hired by Bigend as a brand ‘diviner’ who feels sick at the sight of Tommy Hilfiger or that Chinese-Cuban free runner from a crime family hired by the KGB. If you want to figure out what characters around Putin might do, or how international criminal gangs might exploit holes in our border security, you don’t want more Oxbridge English graduates who chat about Lacan at dinner parties with TV producers and spread fake news about fake news.’
The replacement Chancellor is Rishi Sunak, who also has a First from Oxford, together with a Stanford MBA. He is an ex-Goldman Sachs man. He has of course unconditionally agreed to accommodate the advisory team that has been selected by Mr Cummings.