Dominic Cummings has vowed to take an axe to the civil service after coronavirus exposed flaws in the government machine, it was claimed today. The PM’s most senior aide is said to have told colleagues the Cabinet Office will be stripped of powers after being found wanting during the crisis, swiping: ‘A hard rain is coming.’ Mr Cummings has been a longstanding critic of the way the civil service works, calling for more modern organisation and data-driven policies. And his latest salvo comes with tensions running high between ministers, aides and mandarins over who is to blame for bungles, and rumours of old Brexit feuds being brutally played out behind the scenes. There were even claims of a bruising exchange between the PM and Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill at a meeting on the lockdown ‘exit strategy’ recently. In blogs before he was drafted in by Mr Johnson, he urged the introduction of ‘red teams’ explicitly tasked with finding reasons why the government should not be following policies. He has been an advocate of ‘Super-Forecasters’, individuals who have no specific expertise but are able to predict events because of their mental process. Mr Cummings has been particularly scathing about the… Read full this story
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