Here’s a question to ponder in the light of my previous post: if Dominic Cummings is ever forced out of his role, what happens if he decides to form a new conservative party? What happens if he runs for Parliament at the next election? He could be PM. Or the power behind a PM again. At the very least he would split the conservative vote and destroy the Conservatives’ hopes of winning the next election. For a lot of voters, Cummings is what they voted for. If he goes, then what’s the attraction of the Tories?
Update: Telegraph talking about how much longer Cummings may last:
Ladbrokes has issued odds on how likely it is that Mr Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief aid, will have left Downing Street by the end of March this year.
The bookies now make it just 3/1 Mr Cummings is either fired or walks away voluntarily from No.10 before midnight on March 31st.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Barely a day goes by without a Cummings controversy at the moment. It’s not out of the realms of possibility he leaves, but MPs who aren’t his biggest fan may be kept waiting a little longer.”
If he is forced out, or resigns because he’s fed up, will that be the beginning of a downhill slide for the Tories? Will they not slide back to their usual wet centrist/soft-left position with him gone? In that case, with the beginnings of Brexit done, it would be time for a new right-wing party to rise up to replace them. If Cummings is part of that, then it would be a force to reckon with. A pity he and Farage don’t get on.