Few Parliamentary advisors have generated more hostility, more resentment than Dominic Cummings, chief polecat to alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. And Dom’s latest exhibition of inexcusably bad behaviour has demonstrated why he should never have been given the job in the first place.
After Bozo The Clown was rebuffed by the Supreme Court in his attempt to prorogue Parliament for a whole five weeks, there were angry scenes in the Commons as he persisted in using terms such as “Surrender Bill” and “Betrayal”. Bozo then told the 1922 Committee that he would carry on using those terms, because it was “Cutting through”.
Meanwhile, MPs, mainly on the Labour side, were suffering threats and harassment by those echoing Bozo’s words. It was not rocket science to see the connection, especially after Bozo referring to Muslim women wearing the Burqa as looking like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers” was followed by a spike in hate crime - against Muslims.
So it was that Polecat Dom was confronted by Kingston upon Hull East MP Karl Turner in Portcullis House. As Rowena Mason of the Guardian told, “More on Labour MP Karl Turner confronting Dominic Cummings in Portcullis house just now. Turner said the PM's language was unacceptable and whipping up hatred, causing MPs to get more death threats overnight (including himself). Cummings response? ‘Well vote for a deal then.’”
Nice political career you’ve got there, be a pity if something were to happen to it. But if you know which way to vote, Squire, well, there won’t be a problem, will there? Do as my boss wants and you’ll be safe. In the meantime he’ll keep talking about the “surrender deal”.
But as Arieh Kovler pointed out, “How are MPs supposed to vote for a deal? The Government has not proposed a deal. There's no deal to vote for that the Government is willing to propose”. Bozo and his pal Stephen Barclay have so far put no credible proposal to the EU’s negotiators. Worse, it’s clear Cummings views this as just another game.
In a rare public appearance last night, he crowed “We are enjoying this, we are going to leave and we are going to win”, going on to claim with a significant amount of brass neck that pro-Remain MPs had become “really badly disconnected “ from what people in what he called the “real world” outside London were thinking.
Like Cummings, who paid more than £1.6 million in cash for his London house and hundreds of thousands more rebuilding its two storey extension - including the Tapestry room - knows what people outside London think. Perhaps he has encountered some of them while travelling to and from his in-laws’ castle in Northumberland.
Cummings comes over all coy as he talks about Remainers “listening to reason”, but his remarks show what he’s at: bending the politicians who have to face the public to his will by riling up enough of that public against them. He says it is not surprising people are angry, while ignoring his role, and that of Bozo The Clown, in making sure they’re angry.
Just how much he cares about the potential for collateral damage is summed up by the Telegraph’s headline “Cummings: what do MPs expect?” He doesn’t care about death threats, so long as he gets his way. And that is totally out of order.
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