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Will Dominic Cummings triumph in his war on Whitehall?

The controversial adviser is launching a military plan of campaign to reshape how government works. But his interventions could simply make things worse

By Jill Rutter   March 2020

A Silicon Valley-style disruptor?

Is Dominic Cummings Britain’s most successful political campaigner? He pulled off the two biggest political coups not just of the decade but the last 100 years—masterminding an against-the-odds victory to leave the EU, and a thumping Conservative majority after the party had spent 10 years implementing austerity. We know, then, that Cummings can read voters, craft messages and run highly disciplined campaigns. But does he know how to run a government? After all, governing is not campaigning—it is a cliché to observe they are…

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