Dan, this is a most unkind way to describe the happy bride

Judas of Downing Street: Boris Johnson needed a rock by his side. What he got was a venal, arrogant, self-obsessed, two-faced megalomaniac, writes DAN HODGES

20 thoughts on “Dan, this is a most unkind way to describe the happy bride”

  1. Har, har. As for Cummings, everyone is slagging him off, but I doubt he’s that far off the mark. He’s obviously appalled at the way Government runs, has been for years, and the dysfunctional shitshow that he paints is all too likely under the stresses of the pandemic. I wonder if Maggie would have handled it better?

  2. @Tractor Gent: yes, I have no doubt she would. But then, it was a different time back then. The long March through the institutions had only just started.

  3. Tractor Gent,

    “As for Cummings, everyone is slagging him off, but I doubt he’s that far off the mark.”

    Based on my own experiences with the civil service, I’d say he’s about spot on.

    The thing with Cummings is that unlike most people in government, he actually cares about doing things. He’s a focussed guy who also puts in the work to understand things. He’s mostly surrounded by people who are either not particularly serious, or lacking experience.

    I remember when Hancock came up with his plan to build their own track and trace app, saying the guy wasn’t suitable. No-one in a crisis, with time of the essence, builds a high-risk solution when there’s something off-the-shelf you can use. And that’s not about being tech savvy. The senior managers I know who are more about retail or banking know that.

    You can’t rely on the civil service to make the right decisions, because they don’t care. Over half of the IT projects I’ve worked on for the civil service were abandoned. Projects that never made the news. No-one cares that it’s late, like really cares. Because no-one gets yelled at, or fired. And the companies that the work goes to are rubbing their hands every time the civil service change it because that’s more billable hours.

    What Maggie did was privatise and use external experts.

  4. Politics is the ocupation of choice for highly ambitious people having little or no actual ability.

  5. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    ‘ a venal, arrogant, self-obsessed, two-faced megalomaniac’ Haven’t read the piece, but I assume this is Hodges accurately describing himself?

  6. Hodges isn’t wrong about Princess Nut Nut though, is he? I suspect a lot of thr crap the gov is pushing is due to her malign influence.

    As for Cummings, as Guido pointed out it’s hilarious to see all those who called him untrustworthy now accepting everything he said as gospel truth just because it harms the gov. As others have mentioned he’s spot on with his criticisms of the civil service and its dysfunctionality.

  7. At least now he’s married the blowjobs will be a thing of distant memory and he can concentrate on ignoring her constant nagging

  8. True, Steve, but as Jimmy Goldsmith said, when you marry your mistress, it creates a vacancy….

  9. Our priapic PM’s spouse is a low-rent fluffer.

    A four bagger with, from the evidence, a let them eat cake mindset, a thoroughly unpleasant personality and appalling taste in interior design.

    Snog, marry or avoid? Run, fast and far.

  10. Cummings is a gamma male bitch, it was always going to end with him spazzing out and letting everyone know he could have done better.

    If you ever see Cummings in anyone you are about to hire. Don’t! They always end like this.

  11. Dennis, Pointing Out The Obvious

    A four bagger with, from the evidence, a let them eat cake mindset, a thoroughly unpleasant personality and appalling taste in interior design.

    Well, it seems to me you have your very own Hillary. Or at least she will be Hillary once she starts wearing Kim Jong-un pantsuits.

  12. Labour Voter Trad

    Congratulations to the PM and his marriage.
    But why are the right wing claiming Labour is London centric?
    20 of the Labour shadow cabinet are from non-London seats.
    While only 7 of the Tory cabinet represent seats from outside of the South of England.
    Plus people are saying Labour think their voters are stupid, because Labour supported remain.
    That is not true.
    Why is it Labour are told they think their old voters are stupid when they disagree with their trad voters?
    Yet when the Tories support tax cuts for the rich, and public service cuts for the working class, then Labour are not allowed to say the Tories are calling trad labour voters stupid?

  13. @Tractor Gent “I wonder if Maggie would have handled it better?”. Almost certainly, considering that she was a qualified and practising scientist before being a full-time politician.

  14. @Labour Voter Trad. Labour being London centric has nothing to do with where MPs are elected. It has everything to do with the attitudes espoused by the party. Labour are the party of woke metropolitan elite and care very little about real workers (though they pretend to do). The Tories are becoming more the party for workers.

  15. @Labour Voter Trad

    “Yet when the Tories support tax cuts for the rich, and public service cuts for the working class, then Labour are not allowed to say the Tories are calling trad labour voters stupid?”

    Who is stopping them?

  16. @Labour Voter Trad
    “Yet when the Tories support tax cuts for the rich, and public service cuts for the working class, then Labour are not allowed to say the Tories are calling trad labour voters stupid?”

    Tax cuts for the rich are great, what will the rich do with the money they are not paying as tax? Yes, they will spend it providing jobs for the working class.

    Public service cuts are also great, the working class want low taxes. They hate seeing their hard earned money wasted, by useless public ‘servants’.

    These are just two reasons why the Tories are now the party of the working class, and Liebore is the party of the useless public sector and those on benefits. i.e. not the working class.

  17. ” when the Tories support tax cuts for the rich,”

    Chance would be a fine thing. Where exactly are these tax cuts of which you speak?

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