That time Boris Johnson’s special adviser spilled the beans on the real Tory Party

Dominic Cummings
Support us and go ad-free

Boris Johnson’s special adviser once spilled the beans on his new boss and the wider Conservative Party.

They “do not care”

Speaking at a behavioural science festival in 2017, Dominic Cummings said:

People think, and by the way I think most people are right: ‘The Tory party is run by people who basically don’t care about people like me.’

That is what most people in the country have thought about the Tory party for decades. I know a lot of Tory MPs and I am sad to say the public is basically correct. Tory MPs largely do not care about these poorer people. They don’t care about the NHS. And the public has kind of cottoned on to that.

Cummings, who was campaign director for Vote Leave, is well-placed to make the assessment. He previously worked for former education secretary Michael Gove from 2007-14 as special adviser and chief of staff.

At the Nudgestock festival, Cummings was speaking to marketers about the behavioural techniques he used in the successful 2016 Vote Leave campaign. For instance, Cummings came up with the slogan ‘take back control’.

Nice to hear it from the horse’s mouth

Labour Party chair Ian Lavery described the comments as a:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

staggering admission from the prime minister’s right-hand man.

The Conservative Party has overseen a huge transfer of wealth from the majority to the already rich over its past nine years in government.

Since 2009, the UK’s richest 1,000 families have increased their wealth by over 180% (own calc). These ultra wealthy people went from owning £258bn in the wake of the financial crash to £724bn in 2018.

Meanwhile, the rest of us have faced austerity cuts that, in the words of academics at Lancaster university, amount to “social murder”. Head of the sociology department Dr Chris Grover points to:

  • “an additional six suicides for every 10,000 work capability assessments done”.
  • “increasing number of people in Britain dying of malnutrition”.
  • “increasing numbers of homeless people dying on the streets or in hostels”.

As Johnson’s own top adviser has admitted, neither Johnson nor his party care about the majority of the public. They have spent the past nine years in government enriching their real constituency: the already minted. It’s high time we stopped the gravy train in its tracks.

Featured image via YouTube – Guardian News

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us