Dominic Cummings, one of the two men who ran the successful ‘Vote Leave’ campaign calling for Britain to quit the EU has some interesting views about the competence, intelligence and vanity of Brexit Secretary David Davis. He also speculated that Davis might be ‘the guy to manage the sell-out’ [of Brexit] by conspiring with Chancellor Philip Hammond and Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Haywood to keep Britain in the European Economic Area (EEA) for a transitional period.
Referring to this James Forsyth piece in The Spectator, which claims that Davis’s allies are presenting him as a ‘pragmatic Leaver who can get the right of the party to accept the necessary compromises [with the EU]’, Cummings Tweeted that ‘We know from Forsyth piece in Spec that DD’s mob openly selling him as De Gaulle on Algeria, the guy to manage the sell-out’. That’s a reference to President De Gaulle’s about turn on French possession of Algeria, which saw him transition from one of its staunchest defenders to the man who oversaw France’s withdrawal in the late 1950’s. The implication being that Davis is the man to sell a watered down (or soft) version of Brexit to Brexit supporters.
More specifically Cummings accuses Davis of conspiring with Hammond and Haywood to keep Britain in the EEA (keeping the UK closely tied to the EU with no end to ‘free movement’ of people) for at least a ‘transition’ period.
Cummings goes on to comment on Davis’s talent and ability, describing him as ‘thick as mince, lazy as a toad & vain as Narcissus’. Ouch! Is it fair to speculate that the two didn’t get on during the referendum campaign?