Cummings to Pay Visit to Military

Despite Brexit, it appears the ERG still has big sway over Government. Yesterday, its Chairman Mark Francois made headlines when threatening the head of the armed forces Sir Nick Carter with a visit from Cummings if they didn’t sort out their procurement procedure. As if by magic, last night it was revealed Dominic Cummings does, in fact, have plans to visit top military bases after all, including:

  • Special Boat Service, Poole
  • SAS HQ, Hereford
  • Porton Down, Salisbury
  • The Rapid Capabilities Office, Farnborough
  • The Defence Intelligence Unit, Wyton

The Sydney Morning Herald, who obtained the internal communications about the planned visits, also claim Cummings has already visited MI5 and MI6 twice already.

Close up photos of Cummings arriving at Downing Street appear to show the PM’s top adviser has now finally been given top DV (developed vetting) clearance, allowing him to view top-secret files without supervision. That’ll set Cadwalladr off… 

What will super forecaster Francois predict next?

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Barnard Castle MP’s Eye Test

Tory MPs in the new intake ‘109 Club’ WhatsApp group enjoyed at this less-than-subtle joke from County Durham MP Dehenna Davison at the weekend, whose constituency duties took her to the spot of lockdown’s biggest political scandal. At the time of the Cummings saga, Davison told constituents she wouldn’t “have made the decisions he made”. Nice to see that Tory MPs can now laugh about the affair…

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Dom the Builder Vows to Fix Planning System

The Tories know that in order to win the next general election there has to be a new offer to the under 45s who, despite the stonking majority won by Boris, were still overwhelmingly likely to vote for left-of-centre parties. Many in Number 10 feel that the housing crisis is the single biggest barrier to breaking through to the next generation, and without doing something serious about it demographic change alone will dislodge them from power. Which is why some SpAds were delighted to hear last night that the housing crisis is Dominic Cummings’ first priority post-Covid…

In Cummings’ first SpAd briefing since DurhamGate, the SpAds’ head honcho listed a number of policy areas the Government is set to focus on beyond the pandemic. Notably first and most passionately alighted on was reform of Britain’s restrictive planning system, which was described as making it far too difficult to build. One SpAd told Guido that although Cummings did not go into much detail with regard to what the planned reforms will be, he spoke about planning reform with a real zeal. Owning your own home is a fundamental aspiration in a well functioning property-owning democracy. It is also good politics, without any capital few will support a party that defends capitalism. If they get this right, a second term will become a lot more likely…

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One Month Later, Cabinet Office Still Investigating Cummings Twitter Attack

An FoI has revealed a month on from a Tweet from the official UK Civil Service Twitter account calling Boris and Dominic Cummings “arrogant and offensive“, the Cabinet Office are still investigating who was responsible for the tweet. Civil service speed was always to be expected…

The “unauthorised” Tweet was uploaded minutes after the Sunday press conference headed by Boris in which he defending Dominic Cummings’ trip to Durham; and asked the public “Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?” The Tweet was deleted after 10 minutes – not before BBC news opted to run it as a response from “the UK Civil Service official Twitter feed.” – at which point the department declared an investigation into the offending post

There can’t be more than half a dozen people with access to that Twitter account on their mobile…

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“Cummings Goes or I Go” Doctor’s Quitting Quizzing

Last week, Guido followed the mini-saga of Dominic Pimenta, a doctor who promised to resign over the Cummings Durham row if Cummings himself didn’t. Last Monday, Pimenta still hadn’t gone; after Guido pointed this out, by Thursday he claimed he’d handed in his resignation. It now appears Dr Dom may not have been entirely honest about ending his career however. Surgeon Umar Wali has called Pimenta “quite disingenuous”…

It’s now being openly speculated by fellow doctors that Pimenta merely requested an ‘OOPE‘ (Out of Programme Experience) break from his training, used by doctors for PhDs, special training or personal crises, with Pimenta telling the Guardian he will use the “career break” to spend work with a charity. Fellow cardiologist Iain Parsons has also cast doubt on Dr Pimenta’s resignation claim…

Dr Dom has only quit if he’s relinquished his ‘National Training Number’, something he won’t have if leaving for an OOPE. A fellow NHS doctor explains, “calling an OOPE a “quit” is like calling Nytol a recreational drug”Guido’s sure Dr Pimenta will be keen to clarify this as soon as possible…

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