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Dominic Cummings has nothing to lose from a briefing war with No 10—and Johnson risks losing everything

The prime minister’s former chief adviser has no loyalty to the Conservative Party or the government—and a taste for destruction

By Rachel Sylvester  

Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Dominic Cummings has eviscerated all the Conservative leaders he has ever worked for, so it is not surprising that he has now turned on Boris Johnson. I remember meeting Cummings for a drink in 2003 when he was chief of staff to Iain Duncan Smith. He was one of the then-Tory leader’s most senior aides, but he described his boss as a “muppet” who was hopelessly out of his depth. It was not long before he resigned, publicly denouncing Duncan Smith as “incompetent” and insisting he “must be replaced,” before warning darkly that he was “the symptom rather than…

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