Mike E wrote:Pilgrim_Joe wrote: I'd originally thought he was General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett, VC, KCB, DSO, but I think he's actually more Captain Kevin Darling, MC
Although I suppose asking Boris to sack Cummings is like asking Emu to sack Rod Hull
Surely this is proof to all that voted for Johnson that he is lost without the unelected Rasputin of the Conservative party and alas currently our government.
Cummings is the driving force towards the downfall of this country. His disrespect for the British establishment, has been there for all to see for decades, yet this pathetic party have allowed him to manoeuvre himself into a position of power, as they really have no ideas of their own, other than of their own self importance and egos.
His belief in eugenics and chaos theory ( ie survival of the fittest) are extremely dangerous policies for a country to follow, yet we blindly put our trust in this man to guide us over a cliff edge.
He believes that if an institution or organisation is not running to perfection, or to the way they would like it, rather than adjusting it to do so, it should be dismantled altogether and by appointing super intelligent and radical individuals to then head it up. The ensuing chaos will force them to create something better. (e.g he has attempted to apply this philosophy to different degrees, to the Education Dept, Civil Service, BBC, NHS, EU, etc).
The problem is he has contempt for and is unacountable to the general population, and will not face public scrutiny.
Apologies for going into Kevin Keegan mode but 'I would really love it' if this was the demise of Cummings. Sadly I feel he has too strong a grip on this party for them to get rid.
Was this Boris committing hari kari
Boris has always been a bit of an opportunist as seen with his stay / leave letters many years ago, but you'd have to think with this move yesterday that either he's completely misjudged the mood of the country, the party, the scientific community and just about everyone you can think of, or Cummings has something extremely damaging on him.
Far fetched I know, but when you saw Cummings unrepentant performance and the bold statement that he wouldn't be resigning and then to inflame things further said "you got Brexit wrong, and you'll get this wrong". Whether that was an attempt to rally his base I don't know, but surely if he had just admitted his error and made a full and frank apology this story would have died? He basically dared Boris to sack him and we know the result. Maybe David Cameron was correct when he called him a career psychopath as his actions have been in keeping with that description.
To say he was a good parent I'd disagree with - he was infected and drove 260 miles with his son in the car, placing him and the general public at great risk. There's the possibility that they stopped for fuel or for rest stops and potentially infected others and now it's alleged that he made multiple trips to Durham during the lockdown.
Whereas the story was as to whether Cummings should be removed, I would imagine that by his lack of leadership Boris has now raised questions over his own future as PM