Do I think that Dominic Cummings’s behavior towards Boris Johnson isn’t only disgraceful, but downright sinister?

Cummings isn’t just a bitter person, he’s also running an effort to get rid of an elected Prime Minster.

His actions have undermined every aspect of the government he was serving. He is the one who kept stories about Downing Street’s alleged activities on the top pages.

Dominic Cummings, the former Chief Advisor to Prime Minister, pictured leaving his house in North London last week

Dominic Cummings is the former Chief Advisor for Prime Minister. He was seen last week leaving his North London house.

As the country gets back on its feet, his drip-drip releases of his hateful accusations seem to be designed to destroy any chance of normal service being restored.

He appears like a nightmare spectre and threatens to stop any serious political return.

Cummings sees it as a vendetta against Boris Johnson, Carrie Johnson, and all that is in between.


I do not condone Downing Street partying or Boris’s relaxed attitude towards office sociality and rule-breaking.

Boris has also made many other mistakes. Boris, like any PM, deserves to be judged not by spin doctors playing God, but by voters. Boris is also a lying liar.

Cummings was a man who hid the fact that his Covid violations were untrue and then lied in order to hide it.

Nobody believed his ludicrous claim that he drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight — but he has stuck to it.

Cummings making a statement inside 10 Downing Street on May 25, 2020 where he claimed that he drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight

Cummings making a statement inside 10 Downing Street on May 25, 2020 where he claimed that he drove to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight

He keeps shifting his story on other issues. In the Rose Garden press conference, however, he stated that he and wife fled London to North-East for care because their son was ill.

He later admitted that the true reason was his anxiety over security. He was the laughing stock of all comedians and cartoonists in the country.

However, sympathetic journalists treat Cummings’ claims as the gospel truth. Cummings received the BBC’s royal treatment last summer: an interview in prime time with Laura Kuenssberg.

Boris told her that he only had worked with Boris to manage him.

He was asked by BBC’s Political Editor: “Don’t you think that sounds unbelievably pompous?” Cummings found it surprising that someone could think this.

Although he may have been the brains behind Brexit, most people see him as an egotist and a bit deranged, with a sense that entitlement comparable to Big Ben.

Incredibly, he claimed that the PM’s advisors raised the possibility for a coup against him as soon as January 2020. This was a month following the victory in the landslide elections.

His obsession with ‘petticoat politics’ — a misogynistic intolerance of powerful political women — is curiously old-fashioned.

A shabby and disillusioned right-hand man can turn on his former patron without much effort. It is hard to forget the fate of Margaret Thatcher, who was brought down by her cowardice.

However, the Howes was elected and Hezzas. The conduct of Cummings — a former policy wonk who has never been elected to so much as a parish council — has something pathological about it.

You can think of Shakespeare’s Iago who poisons Othello with jealousy. Or Harold Pinter’s movie The Servant in which Dirk Bogarde destroys his master.

Cummings is using emails, messages and other private correspondence to destroy Boris Johnson, the man who — with hindsight, most unwisely — took him into his confidence. It’s a shocking and unimaginable act of betrayal.

This personal vendetta is worse than the fact that he has now planned to subvert the country’s recovery following the worst crisis in our history since World War II.

Cummings and Johnson together in 2019. Cummings was the Prime Minister's chief advisor from July 2019 to November 2020

Cummings, Johnson and Johnson in 2019 Cummings served as the prime minister’s chief adviser from July 2019 through November 2020.

Cummings could release any information that he says he has immediately to allow other people to examine it.

He doesn’t care much about the public interest, but that is clearly not his motivation. Rather, everything he does has one purpose only — and it is entirely destructive.

It is actually self-destructive. Dominic Cummings has so much determination to take down Boris, that he doesn’t seem to mind if he loses his reputation along the way.

Maybe he sees himself as Sherlock Holmes as he wrestles with Professor Moriarty in the Reichenbach Falls.

Although he may have been played in the Channel 4 drama on Brexit by Benedict Cumberbatch, it was Moriarty that Cummings looks most like, and not Holmes.

Here, I would like to declare an interest. Boris Johnson is not my cousin, but I was a Telegraph colleague more than twenty years ago.

Sometimes we bump into one another and he’s always friendly, but that is about all.

Do not be loyal

Dominic Cummings is not someone I know and am far from an animus about him. However, I can recall the moment I first met him in 2002.

He had just been made director of strategy by Iain Duncan Smith, the new leader of the Conservative Party — even though Cummings boasts that he has never been a Tory.

His boss was not the only one he had a falling out with, but Duncan Smith’s leadership was also destroyed.

No wonder, now that he is doing the same thing to Boris as he did to Iain, I have a sense of déjà vu. He seems to think loyalty is an alien concept.

Johnson during PMQs last week. His former top aide Cummings accused the Prime Minister of lying to Parliament

Johnson during PMQs last week. Cummings, his former top aide, accused Johnson of lying to Parliament

As impressive as Cummings’ disloyalty, is his unwillingness to take responsibility. Cummings was the most powerful person in Downing Street for nearly a whole year.

He was feared by civil and ministerial servants as well. Sajid Javid the Chancellor was even forced to resign. He demanded the special advisor to Javid.

Cummings, however, places the responsibility on Boris Johnson to end it in his recount of the conversation he had with him about the party’s May 20th 2020 event.

According to him, he said to him that ‘You need to grip this madhouse’ but was told by the PM to ignore it.

This account is not true. Cummings had the power to stop the party at that time without having to involve the PM. Why didn’t Cummings ‘get hold’ of the No. 10 staff?


Cummings told this story along with many others based upon remarks or messages taken from context. It seems that he wanted to transfer the blame onto his boss.

His behavior reminds me a lot of Groucho Marx’s A Night At The Opera. When he receives a bill from the restaurant, he says to his companion, “If I were you,” that ‘I wouldn’t pay it.”

Cummings takes pride in his uncompromising ruthlessness. As Jeremy Thorpe commented about Harold Macmillan’s character, Cummings was a man who will sacrifice his friends in order to live.

Cummings managed to force Sajid Javid (pictured), then Chancellor of the Exchequer, to resign by demanding the head of Javid's special adviser

Cummings succeeded in forcing Sajid Javid (pictured), the former Chancellor, to resign. He demanded the special adviser to Javid.

Although he may look like Worzel Gummidge, he looks more like Peter Sellers in Dr Strangelove.

Cummings, perhaps because he’s more than just a bit touched by megalomaniacsis, is an outrageous character on public stage.

His pseudoscientific ravings and mission to “rewire the entire system” on his blog make it seem that he has a fragile grasp on reality.

Sun Tzu, an ancient Chinese strategist and master of strategy is his disciple. His attempts to bring The Art of War to Westminster and Whitehall result in an unsatisfactory attitude towards government.

He can be stopped. He might be stopped if the media establishment does not ignore him. His spiteful vendetta suit all of those who are eager to see him go.

Irony! Cummings was the one who did the dirty job for Boris-hating members of this government. editor is Daniel Johnson