Reminder… Last autumn pundits were telling you to prepare for a decade of ‘unassailable Boris’ who had sorted out No10 with ‘grownups’ and ‘gripped’ Whitehall, his relationship with the Chancellor was solid, breaking the ‘no income tax’ guarantee was ‘popular’(!), and Boris had nothing to fear from the old Vote Leave team.
I told you No10 was a shitshow, would collapse in chaos, the PM and Chancellor relationship was broken, the tax increases would be a policy and political disaster particularly given the looming cost of living nightmare, and I said — I’ve sold all my shares, prepare for supply chain meltdown, Putin whacking Europe including over energy, energy spikes, and financial market chaos.
Boris is happy to escalate because he thinks the more MPs think about war the less likely they bin him before July and if he makes it to August he has a good shot at surviving to the election. So he sends out the human handgrenade — my nickname for Liz Truss because she blows up all she touches — to redefine our goal as pushing Russia out of Crimea, thus setting us up for either humiliating failure or world war.
11 May 2022 – Dominic Cummings, former chief adviser to Boris Johnson