LUNCH WITH THE FT: Dominic Cummings, the all-powerful, scruffy bastard running Brexit
Inspiring, a career psychopath, Renaissance man, right-wing conspiracist — Cummings has been called them all
When Boris Johnson walked through the front door of Number 10 Downing Street on July 26 2019, the British political system was in a state of Brexit-induced paralysis. But in a small room upstairs, arguably the second-most powerful man in Britain was already issuing new instructions to demoralised staffers: “Don’t be shit.”
A disheveled figure with a soft voice and the appearance of an eccentric scientist, Dominic Cummings explained to his political team — largely inherited from a broken Theresa May — that from now on, Number 10 would be run like Nasa, with him at mission control. There was one single objective: delivering Brexit.