For an alleged “profession psychopath”, as David Cameron as soon as described him, Dominic Cummings seems to have a lot of job choices out there when he leaves the employment of Downing Road subsequent week.
Associates and rivals ponder whether Boris Johnson’s chief aide – who survived unprecedented anger over his lockdown travels however not a power struggle involving the prime minister’s fiancee – will arrange a thinktank, launch a consultancy specialising in information, or simply write a collection of 5,000-word blogs.
Former colleagues say he can take his choose of potential new jobs, together with profitable consultancy work for hedge funds and Metropolis banks eager to benefit from his experience and inside data on the UK’s post-Brexit future.
Two Conservative sources stated Cummings, 49, may search to work with Ben or Marc Warner – brothers with whom he has been carefully related and reportedly admires. Ben Warner, a knowledge scientist recruited to Downing Road final 12 months after operating the Tory occasion’s normal election marketing campaign mannequin, attended Sage meetings with Cummings through the pandemic.
Marc Warner runs Faculty, a man-made intelligence firm concerned in an “unprecedented” data-mining operation as a part of the federal government’s response in mapping the coronavirus outbreak. School was employed by Cummings to work for the Vote Go away marketing campaign and counts present and former Conservative ministers amongst its shareholders. It was paid £400,000 by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Native Authorities for the work, in response to the contract.
One former colleague of Cummings stated: “Dom will need to do one thing that pursuits him. He’s nonetheless fascinated by information and the chances of AI. Plus, it could improve that picture of himself as a cutting-edge maverick, breaking new obstacles. He would love that.”
Cummings might search to additional affect the path of presidency by both organising a thinktank or taking on a lofty place inside one. One other former colleague stated: “He’ll little doubt nonetheless imagine that there’s work to be finished, for instance on calling for a referendum on the European conference on human rights or civil service reform.”
If he does resolve to arrange on his personal – with a consultancy, lobbying agency or thinktank, Cummings might entice assist from a number of rich admirers. Associates say he has shut ties with political benefactors together with Lord Nash, Paul Marshall and members of the Bamford family behind the equipment producer JCB.
Another choice could be to reinvigorate his eponymous weblog during which he wrote about Brexit, schooling reform and even claimed to have predicted the coronavirus pandemic.
Final 12 months, he extolled the virtues of a Darpa-like agency, a US authorities physique that encourages rising applied sciences, which some declare he might assist pioneer within the UK.
Whether or not or not Cummings decides to affix the personal sector, former colleagues stated that he nonetheless instructions respect amongst senior cupboard ministers, together with the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and the overseas secretary, Dominic Raab, at the same time as his relationship with Johnson has cooled.
One stated there’s an opportunity Cummings might return to frontline politics if a pro-Brexit authorities requested him. His marketing campaign slogans helped win a referendum and an 80-seat majority. “Boris and Dom had an in depth skilled relationship which might be reignited once more if wanted. If the Conservatives have to win one other election to protect Brexit, Dom might be persuaded to return,” the supply stated.
Seventeen months in the past, Cummings was a way from being a nationally recognized determine when he was invited into Downing Road by Johnson. He had already been labelled a “profession psychopath” by Cameron, who was maybe stung when Cummings paraphrased Bismarck to label the previous Tory chief “a sphinx and not using a riddle”.
His combative nature, ruthless angle in direction of fellow advisers and his choice to bend the foundations within the first lockdown to journey from London to Durham together with his unwell household in Might put him beneath an unprecedented media highlight for an unelected aide.
Within the controversy that adopted the revelation of the Durham journey, Cummings claimed he had undertaken a go to to close by Barnard Fortress to check his eyesight. Final month, following a power struggle involving Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, Cummings introduced he would stand down in December, and do business from home till then.
Within the unlikely occasion that different choices are closed, Cummings might maybe nonetheless try and money in by promoting eye assessments – however the excessive avenue opticians Specsavers stated that the height second for publicity could have handed. After the scandal of the Durham journey broke, daytrippers took to posing for selfies outdoors the city’s department of the opticians.
A Specsavers spokesperson stated: “Dominic Cummings has finished greater than anybody this 12 months to advertise the significance of standard eye assessments. We very a lot doubt that something might prime the curiosity he generated in Specsavers again in Might and our retailer in Barnard Fortress is eager to maintain a decrease profile subsequent 12 months.”
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