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Dominic Cummings today revelled in Boris Johnson’s woes as he compared it to ‘the last days of Rome’ and said the PM is ‘finished’.
The Prime Minister’s former chief advisor has again urged Tory MPs to ‘push what is falling’ as Mr Johnson was battered at PMQs and an eviscerating resignation speech by Sajid Javid afterwards as ministers quit en masse.
Mr Cummings, who refers to his former boss as ‘The Trolley’ in tweets because he claims he is always crashing, also urged MPs who have remained in post to ‘find a flicker of moral courage’.
In a thinly-veiled attack on Mr Johnson, and a heavy hint that he believes his days as PM are numbered, today he retweeted a message from one follower who said he was doing ‘some light reading about the fall of Rome this AM’.
Sharing his own tweet from February, Mr Cummings said: ‘Pretty soon there will be a mad scramble & ministers will be kicking themselves hitting their heads saying “WHY didnt i move faster arghhh”. Now’s your moment’.
Last month he launched a fresh assault on Boris Johnson as he claimed his former boss is ‘completely shot’ and slammed the ‘rotten’ Tory MPs supporting him.
Dominic Cummings, pictured last month, reacted to Boris Johnson’s peril by comparing it to the last days of Rome
Mr Cummings shared a string of tweets by himself and others about Mr Johnson’s political demise
The former Number 10 aide has waged a bitter campaign against Mr Johnson since leaving Downing Street in late 2020.
WHO HAS QUIT BORIS’S GOVERNMENT?
Rishi Sunak (Chancellor)
Sajid Javid (Health Secretary)
Alex Chalk (Solicitor General)
Victoria Atkins (Prisons minister)
John Glen (City minister)
Robin Walker (Schools minister)
Will Quince (Children’s minister)
Nicola Richards (PPS)
Jonathan Gullis (PPS)
Saqib Bhatti (PPS)
Virginia Crosbie (PPS)
Theo Clarke (PPS)
Bim Afolami (PPS)
Laura Trott (PPS)
Andrew Murrison (Trade Envoy)
He delivered his latest attack as speculation mounts the PM could face a crunch vote on his future as early as next week.
Mr Johnson has been warned by Tory grandees he is ‘in real trouble’ as the fallout from the Partygate scandal continues.
Mr Cummings claimed Mr Sunak was ‘out of the running’ after he ‘blew himself up’ following a row over his family’s tax affairs.
And he branded Ms Truss ‘about as close to properly crackers as anybody I’ve met in Parliament’.
The former Vote Leave boss also continued his bitter feud with the PM’s wife, Carrie Johnson, as he accused her of ‘causing chaos’.
But he claimed Mrs Johnson ‘can’t be happy with the situation now’ as ‘it’s all blowing up in her face’.
The renewed speculation about the PM’s political future follows last week’s publication of Sue Gray’s report into Covid rule-breaking in Downing Street.
The senior civil servant concluded in her report that it was ‘not appropriate or proportionate’ to look further into allegations of a party in the PM’s private flat – at which it has been claimed ABBA music was played – on the night Mr Cummings left Downing Street on 13 November, 2020.
Ms Gray revealed she took this decision once the Metropolitan Police’s own probe into Partygate ended.
But Mr Cummings, in an interview with the UnHerd website, branded Ms Gray’s report ‘brazen’ and claimed the alleged gathering in the flat could be heard by ‘dozens of people’ downstairs in No10.
‘All the police had to do was interview any one of them to find out,’ he said.
‘You don’t have a work meeting, at the top of Number 10, where the music is so loud that you can hear it in the f****** press office.’
Mr Cummings suggested the continuing Partygate scandal had left the PM ‘completely shot’ but predicted Mr Johnson would not be leaving No10 soon.
He said: ‘The Tory party itself is quite rotten now and the sign of that is that they can’t think of anyone better than Boris, who’s clearly just completely shot.
‘They are collectively saying, “if we get rid of him, we might get somebody worse”. It says a lot about the state of the Tory party. And they actually could get somebody worse: Liz Truss would be even worse than Boris.
The former Vote Leave boss also continued his bitter feud with the PM’s wife, Carrie Johnson, as he accused her of ‘causing chaos’
‘She’s about as close to properly crackers as anybody I’ve met in Parliament.’
As well as his attack on Ms Truss, who is viewed as a likely leading candidate in any contest to succeed Mr Johnson, Mr Cummings also gave little chance of Mr Sunak replacing the PM.
‘The fact that Rishi blew himself up makes it much more likely that Boris will somehow survive,’ he added.
‘I don’t want to say “no chance”, but I think Rishi is out of the running.’
The former aide also continued his feud with Mrs Johnson, who he accused of ‘sort of injecting more craziness into the whole situation’ in Downing Street under Mr Johnson.
But he added: ‘She can’t be happy with the situation now. Obviously it’s all blowing up in her face.’