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Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:10 PM

Dominic Cummings calls for 'weirdos and misfits' for No 10 jobs

Source: The Guardian

Dominic Cummings calls for 'weirdos and misfits' for No 10 jobs

Boris Johnson’s chief adviser touts for ‘unusual’ applicants outside of the Oxbridge set

Rajeev Syal
Thu 2 Jan 2020 21.08 GMT
Last modified on Thu 2 Jan 2020 22.28 GMT

Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s chief adviser, has written a rambling blog calling for “weirdos and misfits with odd skills” to apply for new jobs within No 10.

In a move way outside the usual recruitment procedures of Whitehall, the key architect of Johnson’s election victory has outlined a set of “unusual” qualities he wishes to see in applicants in the blog post which runs to nearly 3,000 words.

A lucky junior applicant will be chosen to be his personal assistant, he added.

The move will be seen as part of the new Conservatives’ plans to shake up central government and break up the civil service’s alleged stranglehold over policy.

In one section, Cummings wrote that he wanted to bring in “super-talented weirdos” with “genuine cognitive diversity” and avoid senior civil service applicants with Oxford and Cambridge English degrees.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/02/dominic-cummings-calls-for-weirdos-and-misfits-for-no-10-jobs

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Reply Dominic Cummings calls for 'weirdos and misfits' for No 10 jobs (Original post)
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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:15 PM

1. In other words, the UK version of the white house.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:21 PM

3. Yep, every low grade POS they can find, to screw up the government.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jan 2, 2020, 07:15 PM

2. Debasing government by turning it into

A reality TV show.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2020, 12:05 AM

4. They must keep Larry the Cat

@Number10cat

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 3, 2020, 11:08 AM

5. But if you actually are a misfit, Cummings will fire you

The head of Britain’s biggest civil servants’ union said that Cummings’ comment: “I’ll bin you within weeks if you don’t fit – don’t complain later because I made it clear now”, implied that he “wants to hire and fire at will” and revealed an anti-trade union mentality that would be “strenuously resisted”.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/03/dominic-cummings-call-for-no-10-staff-may-break-employment-law

This is a bomb-thrower, drunk on his own power. He just wants people who he can order about, and blame when things go wrong.

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