Dominic Cummings mocks Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson

Dominic Cummings mocks Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson in thinly-veiled attack as he blasts politicians for focusing on ‘gossip-column stories about their dogs’

  • PM’s ex-aide Dominic Cummings is set to formally leave Government tomorrow
  • He was ousted from Number 10 in November after losing internal power battle
  • He has launched a coded attack on Carrie Symonds in edition of The Spectator 
  • He said politicians focus too much on ‘gossip-column stories about their dogs’ 

Dominic Cummings has launched a thinly veiled attack on Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds as he said politicians now focus more on ‘gossip-column stories about their dogs’ than on ‘issues of existential importance’. 

The Prime Minister’s ex-top adviser is set to formally leave the Government tomorrow when his Whitehall contract ends. 

He has been working from home since he was ousted from Number 10 in November after losing a Downing Street power battle which saw his Vote Leave faction clash with Ms Symonds.  

In an apparent sign of just how bad the breakdown has been in the relationship between Mr Johnson and his former right hand man, Mr Cummings has taken a coded swipe at the premier, his fiancee Ms Symonds and their dog Dilyn.

Dominic Cummings left Number 10 in November after losing a power battle over the direction of the Government

Mr Cummings has launched a thinly veiled attack on Boris Johnson and the PM’s fiancee Carrie Symonds after he said politicians now focus too much on ‘gossip-column stories about their dogs’

Mr Cummings has contributed to The Spectator magazine’s Christmas edition, a publication where his wife Mary Wakefield works, as public figures were asked to name a moment in history they believe to be particularly significant.          

The architect of Vote Leave chose an incident in September 1983 when a member of the Soviet Union’s Air Defence Force was on duty and was informed by his computer that the US had launched a nuclear missile strike. 

The official decided not to inform his superiors, who would almost certainly have responded with a retaliatory attack, because he believed it was a false alarm and he was ultimately proven to be correct. 

Mr Cummings said: ‘We have fluked many similar episodes since the 1960s. 

‘”Launch on warning” protocols combined with flawed early warning systems remain a huge danger today. 

‘Nuclear and biological weapons are proliferating. Issues of existential importance are largely ignored and our political systems incentivise politicians to focus more on Twitter and gossip-column stories about their dogs.’

The remark will almost certainly be seen in Number 10 as a jab at Mr Johnson, Ms Symonds and Dilyn, with the Jack Russell rescue dog having become a familiar face in photographs since he moved into Downing Street in September 2019.

Both Ms Symonds and Mr Johnson have been repeatedly pictured with Dilyn, with the PM even taking the dog out on the campaign trail ahead of the 2019 general election. 

Dilyn the Jack Russell has become a familiar face in Downing Street since he moved in back in September 2019. He is pictured with Mr Johnson ahead of the general election last December

Mr Cummings left Downing Street last month after a bitter and very public civil war over the direction of the Government.  

He had wanted Mr Johnson’s now former director of communications Lee Cain to be made the PM’s chief of staff. 

But the appointment was said to have been blocked by Ms Symonds and her supporters, prompting Mr Cain to resign as Mr Cummings also then quit his post.  

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