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Cummings was incompatible with our system of government. He had to go

Whoever comes next will need a subtler reading of the operation of the British state

By Sue Cameron  

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The Cummings debacle is not the first manifestation of overweening, unelected advisers being at the centre of power struggles in Number 10—far from it. Think of the TB/GBs—the bitter battles between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, with their advisers briefing and counter briefing against each side. Or the conflict between Margaret Thatcher’s economic adviser Alan Walters and her chancellor Nigel Lawson, which led to the resignations of both and presaged her downfall.

Nor is this the first time infighting at the top has been seen…

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