There’s nothing quite so glorious as the sight of the British establishment in full cry, hunting down a traitor. Which is what Dominic Cummings has actually done wrong, thought through how that establishment works and found the system itself wanting.
That’s why this:
This is not, not in the least, about whether he drove 250 miles, does not concern lockdown regulations, it is about anathematising someone willing to question the entire basis of privilege in our current society.
It is directly – and for exactly the same reason too – analagous to why every member of The Swamp is against Donald Trump whatever their alleged party allegiance. Cummings is worse of course, given his operational competence.
It is also why we’ve got Polly Toynbee, that star in the firmament of one pillar of said establishment, raging against him in The Guardian. Why Owen Jones, one hoping to climb to such lofty heights, so misdirects, again in The Guardian. And, of course, Sky doorstepping elderly family members when the initial complaint was about excessive doorstepping.
The crime, at heart, here is that there is a general consensus among those who do and who would rule over us. The two, those who do and who would, being a largely interchangeable class of similar backgrounds and career paths. Which tribe they join is more a matter of where they see their best advantage playing out. You could put, for example, Stephen Kinnock in any of the major political parties, Ed Davey or Oliver Letwin similarly, and they’d not stand out from the intellectual bedrock of any of them. It’s just that being a Red Princeling gains a safe seat in one party, not another. A Rothschilds banker in one, not another and so on.
The general view being that the country will be better governed if it has more governance and more people like us doing that governance. Which flavour it is in any one electoral cycle matters little. If office cannot be achieved this time around then perhaps it will next and there’s always that nice world of sinecures to fill the time and wallet until the cycle turns.
At which point there is a true radical. One desiring the break the ratchet, the system by which the last set of laws must be added to in order to direct the populace. Worse, this interloper comes from that very same class, Oxbridge, SpAd, but skipping the next stage of safe seat and junior minister to attempt to influence events directly. Even, to try to reduce centralised power and return decision making to the people.
How is the gravy train to be maintained if government does less and requires fewer people to direct the population? Or, worse, that those directing have less to do and less power to do it with?
The crime of Dominic Cummings is to be willing to upset the cosy apple cart by which those too dim to actually create something still gain power and influence. For that those who currently gain from the current system will never forgive him and thus the witchhunt against him.
If it wasn’t for this they’d be pursuing him just as hard for not tucking his shirt in. He’s a threat to a cosy lifestyle and as such must be brought down.