NO ONE can have missed the thoughts of Chairman Cummings. I am referring to what exactly Boris Johnson’s new chief adviser thinks of his former Brexit colleagues. He’s previously made no secret of his contempt for them. The ERG are Remain’s useful idiots, he opined last March in the Spectator. Really?
The most dismissive of Cummings’s opinions on these committed Brexiteers, without whom we’d already be trapped in Mrs May’s BRINO and triple locked to the EU, were repeated on Friday in the Times’s front-page report on Steve Baker’s refusal of a post in the Brexit Department:
‘He has made little secret of his disdain for some members of the ERG, describing them as a “narcissist delusional subset” and a “metastasising tumour” that needs to be “excised”.’
From elsewhere David Davis will no doubt have learnt what Cummings thinks of him – ‘thick as mince’, apparently.
This predilection for such schoolboy ad hominem attacks says rather more about the so-called evil genius than it does about his targets.
While his admirers can’t wait to hail their hero back, I cannot help but wonder how inspired a choice he really is.
After getting stuck at Page 3 of his great educational tome (to be found on the Master’s website), ‘Some thoughts on education and political priorities’, my doubts deepened.
As an example of educational jargon or ‘sociologese’, I would imagine even the Blob would be proud of it. I can begin to see why after all that reforming hype of the Coalition days educational standards never did rise.
Cummings’s penchant for gobbledygook leaves me wondering about his thoughts on Brexit. Are they any clearer – or does he just want to clear a path to power? Does he see Brexit as the means to the end, rather than the end? Do his ambitions go beyond his reported determination to neuter the ERG and destroy the Brexit Party?.
If they don’t, and he doesn’t understand that Brexit means far more than promises on the side of a bus, he will destroy Boris before he’s begun and the last chance the Conservatives have to govern.