Dominic Cummings said it was his “duty to get rid of” Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, describing him as “a bit like fixing the pipes”.
The former chief adviser to the Prime Minister called his former boss a ‘complete asshole’ whose only concerns were ‘the bangs of Big Ben’ and ‘looking at maps’ to ‘order things to be built’ in his honour.
Cummings, who sent evidence to the Cabinet Office inquiry led by Sue Gray, said it was imperative Johnson was removed from office. Speaking to New York magazinehe called it “unpleasant but necessary work” and said it was legitimate to impeach a prime minister who had won a big election victory if he fell short.
Johnson is expected to receive a heavily redacted version of the Sue Gray report into alleged breaches of lockdown rules at Downing Street early next week, as allies informed over the weekend that an operation to save him from a vote of no confidence was winning around the deputies.
The prime minister is expected to visit Ukraine on Tuesday and release the long-awaited upgrade white paper on Wednesday to show his wayward MPs his aim.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, one of the people in the running to replace Johnson if he were to be expelled, said on Sunday that Johnson was “absolutely” the best person to lead the Conservative Party in the next general election.
“There is no competition. There is no discussion,” she said. “He got an 80-seat majority for the Conservative Party. He delivered the Covid vaccination scheme, the booster scheme, he delivered Brexit and he will do a fantastic job winning the next election for the Conservative Party.”
Johnson’s chief of staff Dan Rosenfield was in the spotlight on Sunday as the Sunday Telegraph revealed he attended the first day of the England v India test at Lord’s on August 12, three days before Taliban forces entered in the Afghan capital.
Rosenfield, along with Cabinet Secretary Simon Case and Johnson’s top private secretary, Martin Reynolds, are among those set to be criticized in the redacted version of Gray’s report – which the Metropolitan Police have asked to be stripped of most glaring details. alleged violation of the rules while a police investigation is under way.
Johnson told angry MPs he would oversee a full cleanup of Operation No 10, which the Guardian says could include a number of close allies of his wife, Carrie Johnson, who have a base of power at No. 10 since the departure of Cummings and his associates.
Cummings revealed one of the most damaging No. 10 lockdown rallies on his sub-stack, where Reynolds emailed staff inviting them to have a drink in the garden and “bring your own booze”. Cummings said Johnson had been warned about the rally, which the Prime Minister admitted to attending but said he thought it was a business event.
The former adviser told the New York magazine that Johnson was entirely motivated by what would be in the papers the next day. “In January 2020 I was sitting in No 10 with Boris and the complete asshole is just babbling: ‘Does Big Ben bong for Brexit on 31st January? “”, Did he declare.
Asked if it was right for him to mount a campaign to impeach his former boss, Cummings replied: ‘What’s fairness got to do with anything? It’s politics. All of this is not fair. Just because someone wins an election doesn’t mean they have to stay there for years, does it? If you have a duffer, if you think someone can’t do the job or is unfit for the job.
“You know, like he told me, ‘I’m the fucking king here and I’m going to do whatever I want.’ It’s not OK. He’s not the king. He can’t do whatever he wants. Once you realize someone is operating like that, your duty is to get rid of them, not just to support him.
Cummings also told the magazine that Johnson acted like he was wondering “what would a Roman emperor do?” So the only thing that really interested him – that really excited him – was, for example, looking at maps. Where could he order things to be built?
Cummings said Johnson fantasized about “Augustine-style monuments to him.”