I’ll take axe to planning laws, says Cummings

Dominic Cummings pledged last night to overhaul the “appalling” planning system as Britain emerges from the coronavirus crisis and heaped praise on Rishi Sunak.

The unelected , unaccountable, “one rule for you, another for me”,  “Disruptor – in – Chief” Dominic Cummings  (who is “focused on developing the policy to respond to the coronavirus crisis” which has been so  successful!) – Owl

Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor www.thetimes.co.uk
The prime minister’s most senior adviser said that there would be no return to austerity and that the government would address “long-term problems” such as the planning system. He denied that there would be a reshuffle and dismissed suggestions that Gavin Williamson, the education secretary, could be moved on as “invented bollocks”.

He repeatedly singled out Mr Sunak, the chancellor, for praise, saying that he has done an “amazing job”.

In his first conference call with government advisers since his alleged breach of lockdown rules, Mr Cummings criticised the media and described Sir Keir Starmer as a “Remainer lawyer”. Mr Cummings criticised positive coverage of Sir Keir since he became the Labour leader. He said that the media had split into the “old Leave and Remain camps”. “They are pissed off we won,” he added.

Cummings also said that Conservative MPs should not believe what they read in the newspapers after a series of backbench revolts, including over his 500-mile round trip to Durham at the height of the lockdown.

He said that he is detatched from day-to-day politics and focused on developing the policy to respond to the coronavirus crisis. As an example, he said that he recently had to ask colleagues in Number 10 who the Liberal Democrat leader is. He said that they did not know either.

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