Hell has no fury .......

April 25, 2021 7:47 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

hhaer (Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash)....like a special advisor scorned!

The extraordinary set of leaks of text messages from a businessman to the Prime Minister (who ignored Civil Service advice to change his personal number) following on from seedy allegations of lobbying by a previous Conservative Prime Minister on behalf of a business which appeared to have offered him £20m of shares as an inducement to get ex-colleagues to agree to policies that suited their operations, has exploded into something much bigger.

According to Sam Coates at Sky News, it appears that the Prime Minister himself leaked to the press a story that the text messages between himself and businessman James Dyson had been leaked by Dominic Cummings.

This prompted a furious response from Dominic Cummings (he of the Barnard Castle eye-test!!) who had worked closely with Mr Johnson on both the Vote Leave campaign and as his primary advisor at No 10 Downing Street . He vehemently denied making the leak saying "I am happy to meet with the cabinet secretary and for him to search my phone for Dyson messages. "I am also happy to publish or give to the cabinet secretary the PM/Dyson messages that I do have, which concerned ventilators, bureaucracy and Covid policy - not tax issues."

A storm in a tea cup as ex colleagues who have fallen out take pot shots at each other?

If that was all that was said then maybe. But Mr Cummings went on to allege that in a meeting after a leak, the cabinet secretary, Simon Case, told him and Johnson that "all the evidence" pointed to Henry Newman, then an adviser at the Cabinet Office, who has since moved to No 10. Newman is known to be close to Carrie Symonds, Johnson's fiancée, seen as a key figure in Cummings' removal from his job. Cummings wrote: "The PM was very upset about this. He said to me afterwards: 'If Newman is confirmed as the leaker, then I will have to fire him, and this will cause me very serious problems with Carrie as they're best friends … [pause] Perhaps we could get the cabinet secretary to stop the leak inquiry?'

He warned Johnson about renovations to his Downing Street flat costing a reported £58,000, for which the prime minister had allegedly sought outside funding from Conservative supporters. "I told him I thought his plans to have donors secretly pay for the renovation were unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended… I refused to help him organise these payments."

Irrespective of who is leaking what to who and who is telling the truth we have to remember that these are the people who are running our country.

At a time of economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic and a climate emergency that threatens our planet we have a government who appears to be managing itself by WhatsApp and giving an inside track to friends, family and the politically connected

Former attorney general ( cabinet member and the principal legal adviser to the Crown and the Government in England and Wales.) Dominic Grieve has also called on Boris Johnson to explain where the money came from for his Downing Street flat refurbishment.

"The fact is that he did get, I think it has become quite clear, a significant gift towards the £58000 cost of refurbishment of the flat.

"My impression is there has been constant wriggling about the source of the money for this refurbishment." Mr Grieve said the prime minister was a "vacuum of integrity" who must now come clean.

Our country deserves better than this circus. On 6 May they need to be sent a message that enough is enough.