HARRY COLE: Now Dominic Cummings turns to Trotsky for inspiration
12th July 2020

HARRY COLE: Now raging Dominic Cummings turns to Trotsky for inspiration

Given his habit of quoting Lenin in his rambling blog posts, Dominic Cummings surprised colleagues on Friday night by, instead, parroting Lenin’s arch rival, Leon Trotsky.

In a tirade in front of junior staff against pesky newspapers, the powerful No 10 aide turned his fire on the ‘snakes and reptiles of the media crawling all over government’.

‘Reptiles’ was a preferred line of attack on the press by Trotsky, later slain with an ice pick. In 1940, the Soviet revolutionary ranted against US newspaper the National, branding its writers an ‘infamous reptile breed’. 

Given his habit of quoting Lenin in his rambling blog posts, Dominic Cummings surprised colleagues on Friday night by, instead, parroting Lenin’s arch rival, Leon Trotsky

He warned: ‘They will not escape their punishment: we shall teach the workers to appreciate them as they deserve – to despise them.’

With Downing Street undertaking sweeping reforms of its handling of the media, Cummings’s words have raised eyebrows.

And the long march through the institutions does not stop there. Cummings, who lived in Russia in the 1990s, outlined what one witness described as ‘plans for a Maoist-style cultural revolution’ with regards to appointments for big public jobs – widely seen as a cosy preserve of the liberal Left. 

‘It’s time to weed out the duffers,’ was his rallying cry.  

The latter’s social media is littered with attacks on Israel, including a bizarre accusation that singer Michael Jackson, right, was ‘killed’ by the Jewish state

Jeremy Corbyn may be long gone, but his cranky followers live on in the Labour Party – with some in key jobs. 

For example, Shadow Environment Minister Lloyd Russell-Moyle and his fellow die-hard Corbynista aide Isaac Wright. 

The latter’s social media is littered with attacks on Israel, including a bizarre accusation that singer Michael Jackson, right, was ‘killed’ by the Jewish state. 

Surely a prime target for Sir Keir Starmer’s ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to antisemitism? 

Brave of the Earl of Devon to use a House of Lords debate last week to ask Ministers if they ‘could perhaps look to the national health budget to provide additional financial support’ to the countryside. I’m sure the hereditary peer would put the cash to great use on his 3,500-acre estate. 

‘I was looking for a quieter life,’ claims defeated Tory leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt in his eighth major interview in as many weeks. 

Given the former Health Secretary spent the better part of a decade in charge of pandemic planning, I hear his ‘helpful’ coronavirus interventions from the backbenches are increasingly irritating his successor Matt Hancock. 

Dishy Rishi may be soaring in the polls as the Chancellor continues to shovel cash out of the door, but the shine has worn off for thousands of voters who sold their home in the past few weeks and now feel short-changed. 

After pausing house sales at the height of the lockdown, Ministers then urged people to speed up their moves at the end of May to kick-start the market. 

But everyone who heeded that advice missed out on the stamp-duty cut announced last week. I hear the Treasury switchboard has been inundated with furious demands for a rebate.  

Is this a warning sign of things to come for Huawei? When civil servants across Whitehall attempted to log on to the controversial Chinese tech giant’s UK website last week, they were greeted with warnings that proceeding was ‘unsafe’ amid privacy concerns. 

How fitting given the firm is poised to be banished from Britain over espionage fears… 

When civil servants across Whitehall attempted to log on to the controversial Chinese tech giant’s UK website last week, they were greeted with warnings that proceeding was ‘unsafe’ amid privacy concerns

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