New British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Relies on Tricks from Cummings
Boris Johnson is in a hurry. It is getting on or under for the new British Prime Minister, who appointed the notorious Dominic Cummings as the most influential adviser.
No hassles, but the British leave the European Union (EU) on 31 October. In his first speech as prime minister at the Lower House, Boris Johnson did not promise the least.
In the long run, once outside the EU, Britain will become the most beautiful country in the world and the most economically prosperous in Europe, according to the new prime minister.
Johnson no longer has time for internal bickering and relies on a cabinet of only faithful ones. Besides, his brother Jo Johnson who – very unusual in British politics – may become a minister.
The team will be co-led by the man without whom Johnson probably would never have become prime minister: Dominic Cummings (47). This former architect of the successful Vote Leave campaign is back. Without him, the Brexiteers would probably have lost the 2016 referendum, and David Cameron would have remained prime minister.
For Johnson, Cummings is what Steve Bannon was for US President Donald Trump: a feared intrigant, but also an excellent strategist for whom the end justifies the means.
Someone who especially senses where the fears of the voter are and respond to them. Cummings set the tone for the UK referendum on EU membership. He came up with the slogan Take back control, which suggested that the British were not bosses in their own country.
Among the militants he sent out to win voters, he insisted that they always and again had to repeat two things: firstly, the EU costs British taxpayers £ 350 million a week, which is at the expense of national health care NHS.
Secondly, Turkey is about to join the EU. Both were wrong. But those who wanted to remain, members, did not have a reply and leave won by widespread expectations.