Whitehall ‘conspired to gag Dominic Cummings’ to stem Boris Johnson’s Downing Street revelations
The “Edward Snowden of Whitehall”?
Mr Cummings appeared to confirm a Financial Times report on the talks, writing on Twitter Wednesday that it was “typical of the government for internal discussions over employment contracts to” leak “into their inter-office (FT) mail system “.
Ministers and officials have been described as privately fearing that acting against Mr Cummings could turn him into a “martyr” or allow him to present himself as “the Edward Snowden of Whitehall,” the Financial Times reported.
Mr Cummings, who resigned as chief advisor to Mr Johnson last November, has repeatedly sought to embarrass his former boss by posting accounts of private conversations and messages between officials during his year at 10 Downing Street.
Last weekend, he described the prime minister as a ‘wagon’, an apparent reference to the prime minister’s seemingly chaotic approach to decision-making.
Two weeks ago Mr Cummings revealed how Mr Johnson condemned Matt Hancock, the former health secretary, as “totally f —— hopeless” in a late-night text loaded with swearing and had considered discharging some of his responsibilities for the pandemic to Michael Gove, the Cabinet Minister.