After being summarily dismissed and marched out of Downing Street with a Police escort on Thursday evening, there has still been no comment from Sonia Khan, the aide to Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid. And today’s papers give us a good idea why that might be: it seems our alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s chief polecat Dominic Cummings has had her sacked on very little evidence at all.
As the BBC has reported, Polecat Dom and his posse have been investigating the leaking of those Operation Yellowhammer documents. That investigation does not seem to have gone at all well: “A Downing Street source had previously pointed the finger for the leak at an unnamed former minister, prompting the then chancellor, Philip Hammond, to write to Mr Johnson and ask him to ‘apologise for the misleading briefing from No 10’”.
So Dom and Co thought it was Spreadsheet Phil. They got that one wrong. So then they accused Ms Khan: ”At the meeting with Mr Cummings, Ms Khan, who worked under Mr Hammond, handed over both her personal and work phones, and her phone logs were checked … Evidence was found that she had been in touch with former colleagues who had worked for Mr Hammond, but not that she had been involved in leaking any sensitive government information”. That’s not sufficient grounds to have her sacked.
The Beeb’s account is backed up by the Murdoch Times: “A senior Government source said that she was not being held responsible for the leak of the Operation Yellowhammer contingency plans for no-deal Brexit”. Cummings’ reason for having her sacked is now “claiming she had misled him over contact with Philip Hammond”.
That, of course, would depend what Cummings asked her, and how she replied. Had he asked if she’d leaked the Yellowhammer stuff, then the reply “No” would have been truthful and correct. And unless Polecat Dom had been precise in his request as to what she had said, and to whom, he’s going to be on very shaky ground come the legal blowback.
Cummings should remember that his dishonesty has already appeared on the radar of independent-minded journalists, not least Peter Oborne, who has told “I am now planning a new book, probably to be called The Triumph Of Political Lying … Principally, the guilty men, I believe, are No 10’s top strategist, Dominic Cummings - who, like [Alastair] Campbell, is unelected - other Downing Street spokesmen and some Cabinet ministers. And, I am afraid to say, Boris Johnson himself”. Bozo lying? Colour me not surprised.
Ho tells “since Johnson became Prime Minister, I have been collecting a dossier of his administration’s lies”, and goes on to note that Bozo The Clown and his pals lied about the proroguing of Parliament, and lied about the Yellowhammer leaks. Given the level of control Cummings enjoys, it is inconceivable that he was not involved in the lying.
The idea that Polecat Dom’s word can be trusted is laughable. Yet that is what underpins the dismissal of Sonia Khan. And that is why she is not commenting thus far, but most likely has already consulted lawyers, and most likely will sue.
Dominic Cummings to appear in court to defend his behaviour? No way. When Ms Khan’s unfair dismissal case arrives on Bozo’s doorstep, Downing Street will fold. She should right now be thinking of a number. And making sure it’s a very large number indeed.
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