Editorial View: Cummings’s exit shows which way the political wind is blowing

The departure of Boris Johnson’s fearsome chief adviser could herald a gentler, more conventional style of government in Britain

15th November, 2020
Editorial View: Cummings’s exit shows which way the political wind is blowing
Unlike Cummings, Johnson is no hard-nosed ideologue, as his time as a centrist and pragmatic mayor of London shows

So farewell, then, Dominic Cummings. The news that Boris Johnson’s chief advisor is departing 10 Downing Street so soon after Donald Trump lost the US presidential election has underlined the sense that major change is afoot in Western politics. The era of hard men who gleefully trampled over established norms of internal diplomacy appears, mercifully, to be in reverse, at least for now.

The disgraceful attempt to prorogue Parliament last year marked a low...

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