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The more I read about Dominic Cummings, about his interpersonal skills and his methods and his outlook, the more I conclude that he's not actually that radical or forward-thinking or intriguingly disruptive. He's just something rather old-fashioned: a bully.

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Very hard to argue with this analysis.

Some people are complicated. And some are just plain nasty.
 
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Maybe you just haven鈥檛 met the right Dominic Cummings. If you come for a visit to our artisan Dominic Cummings distillery, where every bottle is hand flavoured with juniper petals and cinnamon... oh wait wrong tweet.
 
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He was a lurking figure on the periphery during my past life as a civil servant. Not in my department thankfully and I never dealt with him directly myself, but by all accounts from colleagues who did he was a highly unpleasant person.
 
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It's exactly what he is, he's certainly no genius with a grand plan. He has however, cleverly aligned himself with a malignant narcissist who thinks they're both giants. It won't end well for either of them, history tells us that, but how much damage will they do in the meantime?
 
 
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He's the bullied child who holds onto his grudge into adulthood and is going to "show them all".
 
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Agree. But I also think he is Aspergeric gone very, very bad. He has found a way of circumventing his deep fear of social interaction, his very poor, interpersonal communication skills and has satisfied his overwhelming need for control by becoming a professional arse.
 
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I reckon you could take him, though, Jay
 
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Inside the mind of Dominic Cummings theguardian.com/politics/2020/鈥
 
Kitchen Cabinet talks more sense than Johnson鈥檚 Cabinet.
 
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Interesting Guardian Long Read about him. Suggests he's not thick at all; instead (like Gove) he mistakes being smart for knowing what he's talking about, and approaches complex policy questions through, 'well, wot I reckon is...'
 
Absolutely this. We all know men like Cummings and they all think they鈥檙e exceptional.
 
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If it wasn't for his background he'd be the bar fly in your local pub, drunk, shouting his vile opinions. Arrives alone, leaves alone.
 
And that is why there is only one hashtag in town

#CummingsMustGo

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Overwhelmingly it comes across that he is good at pointing out something doesn't work, breaking it and then standing aside to allow others to fix it. We've all worked with someone like that.
 
 
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That and habitually lying is part of the Tory DNA. But then those who enabled this government by damning the only decent and honest politician get what they deserve, so suck it up chaps.
 
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Bet he likes gin as well!! 馃槈
 
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Well maybe. But definitely a prat.
 
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He's not smart enough to realise that being an arsehole isn't a smart thing to be.
 
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He鈥檚 just the Elliotts鈥 stooge馃し鈥嶁檪锔
 
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Well said Jay. Strikes me as a rather inadequate individual who compensated by bullying others. I believe the civil service have been told not to look him in the face anymore
 
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He also appears to be thick as mince
 
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I concur with your description of Dominic Cummings. Bully is exactly the right word.
 
 
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Jay, Look at this vile footage of Johnson and his disgusting justification for the worst horrors of the British Empire. twitter.com/RandomNever/st鈥
 
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Yes But he works for Matthew Elliott and his mates Matthew Elliott is a very nasty fascist and has even nastier backers He has slipped Elliott's men and woman in positions of power in the UK government
 
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I think he鈥檚 an anarchist. I heard some Tory today talking of him as a strategic genius. Alongside the headbangers of the ERG and their new pin up boy #LiarJohnson he might be. Alongside ordinary people who have the capability to think strategically, he鈥檚 an arse.
 
 
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Wonder what he thinks about gin though?
 
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Funny how our Prime Minister would choose a toxic, bombastic bully as one of his closest allies. Oh...
 
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Give that man a coconut!
 
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Yes, he's the classic work-bully, operating far beyond his genuine competence (if it exists) yet able to persuade a foolish boss that he's the bee's knees in man-management. Fear of such a one, on the part of colleagues, is a kind of pusillanimous collaboration with him/her.
 
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Anyone who doesn't understand that making enemies in politics is sub optimal to making friends, is not half as smart as they think they are.
 
Yes. A bully. Self promoter.
Not a superforecaster. A great mind.

Always recommending books for us to improve ourselves. Thanks #Cummings
 
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There can be nothing more dangerous than a man with nothing to lose.
 
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He certainly ran rings around all the opposition Parties who hardly displayed any brains at all ! That includes Corbyn, Swinson and Sturgeon! A tactician Yes, a Chess player ? Yes ! A nasty piece of shit ? Yes
 
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I think like alcohol,drugs,sex & oh yes FOOD.Power is addictive & a small dab turns into a sniff then a line & then a full on act conducted in darker circumstances.The rolled up show of wealth & success masking a grubby selfish greedy act that victimises all that obstruct.
 
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He's a wannabe nazi getting close to making all his dreams come true thanks to BJ & friends
 
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I thought you were going to say he is a bellend. I can go with bully though. 馃憤
 
 
What to do when school communities work hard to ensure an atmosphere where bullying is not tolerated but we鈥檙e governed by a bullying state... @ITLWorldwide
 
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Or an agent...trained in taking control through chaos.
 
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The more unpleasant Cummings becomes the more enjoyable it will be when Johnson sacrifices him, without so much as a backwards glance, to save his own skin, as he inevitably will. He always does.
 
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He is a classic bully鈥 huge inferiority complex masquerading as *weird genius. He鈥檚 just a wrecking bore
 
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The fact was, the the 2019 election was a CLEAR CHOICE between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson (Cummings). It was that simple. Those who refused to back Corbyn enabled Johnson. Simple as that. You didn't want Corbyn so you got Johnson/Cummings. Enjoy 馃憤
 
While I agree it鈥檚 all a bit mad really. I鈥檝e met bullies, I鈥檝e met hard men, I鈥檓 definitely not one of them, but neither is Cummings. I鈥檇 invite him to Henry鈥檚 circa 1990 and see how he gets on.
 
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And all bullies are cowards.
 
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And very very dangerous
 
 
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Quite old-fashioned. He鈥檚 how a modern Mephistopheles would have been portrayed in an early Seventies school play.
 
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Agreed. As I coincidentally just tweeted elsewhere. 'Simple' bullying is at the root of many British ills.
 
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Quite true, I think. But despite that, he has a habit of achieving his goals, in the long run. (Unfortunately, his goals are quite problematic for those of us who aren't psychopaths.)
 
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A bully trying to impress his bigger, more sinister mates. Whatever he is, he has no place having so much influence on UK govt'.
 
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Agreed! He's like that kid at school that you thought was really cool but was actually a nasty bully that even his mother didn't love
 
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You can鈥檛 make an omelette without breaking legs...
 
 
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Well here we are...even if you weren鈥檛 a fan of Jeremy Corbyn, he would have been better than the current shit show we are in pic.twitter.com/cN5ymeWQxD
 
It鈥檚 as simple as that 馃憞
 
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Or perhaps a bully with mid-life crisis (MLC). Older vids of him show him perfectly able to wear a suit, so the grungy look is maybe MLC and/or trying to keep in with da yoof. And @RogueWhitehall reports that Cummings at the office 'asking if any of us have ever tried speed'.
 
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He's a chronic bore labouring under the misapprehension his bullying somehow makes him slightly more interesting.
 
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I think it's only a matter of time before Tory donors (who actually run the show) have their fill of MPs and Tory voters being aliened from the Party, they wanted Brexit and got it, now they just want to use it for wealth, not for allowing their Party's rep to go down the drain.
 
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His ideas don't seem to be genuinely radical or revolutionary, either - just rather poorly thought through and selfish. The extent of his naus seems to be seeking alliance with similarly selfish folk to force his own way; as you say, a bully, but with some low cunning (Cunnings?)
 
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Wouldn鈥檛 have made it to the snack break at Swinton comp!??! #ToryBritain
 
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Don't always agree with but in this case you may well be right, the man is a victim of his own inflated ego
 
 
And also a twat who thinks he鈥檚 cool.
 
And probably under the control of Putin, who stands to gain the most from the destruction of the UK!
 
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I can think of a four letter word that my wife doesnt like me using that describes him perfectly. Rhymes with PUNT
 
 
 
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A dangerous bully unfortunately
 
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A bully who could be fired in a second. But will never be. Because we know BJ is just a Kompromised stooge, just like Trump
 
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It's probably a bit more complicated than that. For example, staying outside established party structures allows him to be far more radical in his approach, without even having to declare or justify anything in public.
 
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The most laughable thing about all of this is that so many Brexiteers didn't like being "ruled" by unelected bureaucrats, despite there being a European Parliamentery election. We are now "ruled" by an unelected bloke in a gilet using a PM as his ventriloquist's dummy.
 
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And rather lacking in manners! I blame the parents 馃槀馃槀
 
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There is nothing intriguing about this man. He is a pseudo intellectual crackpot who鈥檒l willingly undermine the pillars of our democracy just to look smart. His Russian handlers love him for it.
 
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Agreed. Also, I think the act he puts on as a wayward eccentric genius, thinking outside the box, is an attempt to conceal the fact that he's really not very bright.
 
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He read "Tom Brown's Schooldays", and decided that Flashman would be his role model....
 
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He seems to be particularly unpleasant, and a bt up himself to say the least.
 
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Actually.. he's got an inferiority complex馃槺..that's what's All about..馃馃
 
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My thoughts entirely,we seem to be living in an age where 鈥渓ying鈥 and getting away with it is seen as high intelligence,and bullies are celebrated in glowing terms! WTF happened to us ?
 
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Narcissist bully who feels the need to broadcast his self created persona of "intelligence" hence the ridiculous memo about weirdos etc. In short he's a Berkshire of the first water.
 
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Add narcissist and sociopath
 
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Sadly I think he is a lot worse than this
 
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He appears to espouse critical thinkers, but I think he鈥檚 ideologically driven and doesn鈥檛 actually apply critical thinking himself..
 
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Or as granny used to say . . nowt that a good kick in the bollocks wouldn't sort out.
 
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. And not nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is.
 
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reading 鈥淗ow Democracies Die鈥. Cummings reminds me of Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori. An amateur who got into power almost by accident. Contemptuous of, and couldn鈥檛 understand why representatives needed to debate things or the need for compromise. So he just shut it all down
 
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Totally agree, Jay. An intense ideologue for whom the mechanics of democracy are a waste of time. Ideas culled from an eclectic range of books but without the range and depth of challenge that tests and strengthens them. All challenge seen as disloyal opposition - a bully ...
 
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Bring back that pussycat Malcolm Tucker.
 
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Not just a bully, but one with an over-inflated sense of superiority. Many bullies lack real self-esteem. He clearly believes he is a superior being. How wrong he is!
 
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I see getting your job done makes you a bully does it?
 
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And Johnson is a pound shop Wizard of Oz.
 
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Totally agree. He certainly has a modicum if knowledge. However, knowledge like technology can become redundant. What he lacks is wisdom.
 
He loves the attention.
 
Most bullies try to style themselves as intriguing and forward thinking in a pathetic attempt to justify themselves
 
 
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