The outside world usually doesn’t care much about the fate of the special advisor in the British bureaucracy, but Cummings, 48, is no ordinary assistant. He is the most famous advisor in recent memory, and his exploits alongside Johnson have made him a household name in England.
His departure – or his dismissal – dominated the front pages and British news sites on Friday, beating the death of the 1970s Yorkshire Reaper, who succumbed to the Coronavirus.
Cummings served as the director of Johnson’s winning campaign, Leave the Vote, in 2016, which is credited with creating the slogan “Take Back Control” for Brexit.
Later, political strategist helped Johnson win the 2019 general election by an overwhelming majority, as he led his president to a majority of 80 seats in Parliament under the slogan “Get Brexit from the European Union”.
His real-life role in the Brexit drama turned into a movie, “Non-civil warIn which Benedict Cumberbatch played an evil genius in a sweater.
Cumming’s exit came after colleague Lee Caine, a former tabloid journalist who became Johnson’s Communications Director and Chief Medical Officer. Cain resigned this week after failing in his bid to become Chief of Staff.
The departure of Cain and Cummings indicates a deep tilt in the axis of power between Johnson’s inner circle. Brussels diplomats were wondering out loud whether this could mean Johnson will soon erase his red lines for signing a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the European Union.
Downing Street may also recalculate the cost of Brexit without a deal now that President Trump has lost his re-election bid. Trump was a big fan of Brexit and had a friendly relationship with Johnson. Elected President Joe Biden and Johnson He never met – Biden warned the British that Brexit should not undermine the Good Friday agreement that brought peace to Ireland.
With palace intrigue rampant in the prime minister’s ten offices on Downing Street this week, Cummings insisted that he had not been fired, but was keeping his earlier promise to make himself “substantially surplus” by the end of 2020.
BBC Political Editor Reported by Laura Koensberg Friday that Cummings told her that “rumors about my threat to resign are fabricated.”
However, she added, a Downing Street insider told her that Cummings “jumped because otherwise he would be pushed, indicating that in the past few days, the prime minister saw that the previous voting team was just” in it for themselves. “
According to the Financial Times report, Cummings’ departure is “the latest fallout from the prime minister’s decision to break the stranglehold that pro-Brexit supporters have imposed on his Operation No. 10”.
Political journalists were trying to determine who was expelling whom and why. Johnson’s government has suffered from failed letters, the failure to secure a post-Brexit trade deal, and a modest response to the pandemic. Britain has the highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe.
According to British newspapers, Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s 32-year-old fiancée and former director of communications for the ruling Conservative Party, played a pivotal role in changing top jobs in Downing Street.
When Symonds and Johnson moved to Downing Street in the summer of 2019, they were the first unmarried couple to do so. In fact, at the time, Johnson’s divorce was not yet over. The couple have a son, Wilfred, who was born in April.
In a snapshot of it, The Telegraph reported how the “Carrie Crew” outperformed the “Brexit Boys”. “
The Daily Mail questioned how Johnson would do without Cummings. “A softer, greener government or the end of Boris?” Read part of a headline in the tabloid? The newspaper said that the Conservatives were preparing for a “new regime” after the “coup” forced Symonds Cummings to resign.
Cummings is a polarizing personality, he is celebrated by Proverbs as a goal-focused and big-think strategist, and is condemned as a feisty icon fighter who imagines himself smarter than him.
Along with Johnson, Cummings had hoped to transform a shallow British bureaucracy into a streamlined machine powered by science and data. But he also ran recklessly to the Conservative MPs in the House of Commons, who showed clear hatred towards the dissident.
“I give the prime minister some friendly advice: get rid of these advisors before they irreparably poison the political atmosphere. And do it quickly,” John Major, former Conservative prime minister and anti-Brexit leader, said in a speech last year.
Cummings was at the center of another political storm this year, when he and his wife tested positive for the virus Corona Virus, They fled their home in London to travel 260 miles to a family farm.
His apparent mockery of Strict locking rules At the height of the pandemic, the pandemic dominated news cycles, costing Johnson’s support in polls as it raised questions about fair play. Cummings said he had done nothing wrong, assuring that he had driven north so a relative could take care of his young son if he and his wife – a senior editor at Spectator magazine and the daughter of Baronet’s castle – were ill in bed.
Even tabloids that traditionally support conservative leaders poke fun at Cummings and Johnson, with the front page of the Daily Mail asking, “What planet are they out there?”
He also alleged that Cummings was mocked for taking a short trip to scenic Barnard Castle while he was supposed to be in isolation – to test his eyesight. Johnson and Cummings’ critics saw hypocrisy – a rule for the elite and another for the rest.
Jill Rutter, senior fellow at the Government Institute, an independent think tank, said Cummings was “a very influential figure in shaping this government” and Johnson was willing to defend him, particularly in connection with the Barnard Castle expedition. She said his departure leaves a void, especially with a leader like Johnson, who is not an ideological politician.
“With Margaret Thatcher, did it matter who her advisers were? Not much,” she said. “Thatcher set the tone; people came to her to help define her project. On the other hand, Boris Johnson is more defined by the people around him.”
Rutter said Cummings and others from the pro-Brexit team who have been on Downing Street took pride in the fact that they weren’t conservatives and didn’t care much about the Conservatives in Parliament.
“This has been a huge source of stress,” she said.