While our free and fearless press invites us to pass the sick bucket with a series of puke-inducing and crudely sycophantic appraisals of yet another unelected Prime Minister - although, unlike Gordon Brown, this will be fine as the new PM will be both a Tory, and a journalist - news emerges that London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is about to make a crucial appointment to his team.
A total Muppet. And Elmo from Sesame Street
And to show that he is well able to better the excess of the Roman Emperor Caligula, who reputedly made his horse Incitatus a consul, Bozza has apparently decided to give a place in his team to someone who has overseen forthright lawbreaking and demonstrated a flagrant and repeated contempt for Parliament. Yes, he’s lined up a job for Dominic Cummings, formerly chief polecat to Michael “Oiky” Gove at the Department for Education.
Cummings coming back. Contempt never felt so good
Such is the lack of journalistic inquiry being applied by the BBC nowadays where the Tories are concerned that their political editor Laura Kuenssberg has happily told “One big appointment coming today - Dominic Cummings expected to be senior advisor to the new PM - Vote Leave chief moving into govt - huge brain and experienced in govt, and will be applauded by Brexiteers - highly controversial too”. Huge brain? Someone measured it?
That would be the same Dominic Cummings who was reputed to be behind the infamous Tory Education Twitter feed, and who, last year, refused to appear before the DCMS Committee. As the Guardian reported at the time, “Dominic Cummings, who has been credited as the brains behind the successful Brexit campaign, told the select committee investigating fake news that he would not be willing to answer questions in public before the Electoral Commission finishes its ongoing investigation into his campaign”.
A summons was issued via the Serjeant at Arms. “Cummings rejected this summons, angering MPs on the committee who wanted to ask questions about the use of Facebook data during the EU referendum campaign”. And in March this year, he was declared to have been in contempt of Parliament, as the BBC then reported.
“Vote Leave director Dominic Cummings should be reprimanded for refusing to take part in a parliamentary inquiry into fake news, MPs have said. The Privileges Committee said Mr Cummings had committed a contempt of Parliament by not appearing to give oral evidence when ordered to in 2018 … Mr Cummings said he had offered to give evidence under oath but was ignored”. He’d blustered and flannelled.
As the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr has put it, “BREAKING: electoral law. The fastest & surest route to power. Cummings masterminded the massive Vote Leave electoral fraud. Johnson headed the campaign & has *never* answered qs about his involvement. Cummings kept his silence. And is now rewarded with top job. Truly, I despair … That’s Dom Cummings who was found to be in contempt of parliament. This is extraordinary”.
It’s extraordinary on two counts: One, that Bozza would appoint someone like Cummings, with his track record and clear contempt for Parliament, and Two, that the BBC’s political editor just passes on the information in a “yeah, whatever” manner.
What’s next, a peerage for Paul Staines? Damian Collins was unavailable for comment.
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