Former Gove adviser warns of further leaks over Lib Dem ‘gimmicks’
Dominic Cummings writes on his blog: ‘I want people in No 10 to realise every time they interfere in the Department for Education with some stupid gimmick, the story might go badly wrong’ .
The former special adviser to the education secretary, Michael Gove, has warned No 10 there will be further leaks if the Liberal Democrats try to impose any more “stupid gimmicks” on Gove’s schools revolution.
Dominic Cummings also claimed his former boss regarded as a joke a joint article he been ordered to write with the Liberal Democrat schools minister David Laws claiming the two wings of the coalition were united behind Nick Clegg‘s plan for universal free school meals this autumn.
He gave an insider’s account of how Clegg had ordered Cameron and then Gove to write the article in the Times in a bid to reassure teachers that the policy was going ahead.
Cummings, described as the brains behind Gove’s schools revolution, wrote on his blog: “I blew this up because I want people in No 10 to realise that every time between now and next May that they interfere in the Department for Education with some stupid gimmick, the story might go badly wrong because someone will leak something. I want Cameron to grit his teeth and say, ‘Cleggy, I know you need your gimmicks, and you can have them, but why don’t you go and play somewhere else, if you go near the DfE again, it will probably just go tits up.'”
Cummings told Clegg: “You have a vague hope this nightmare can be turned around, but you don’t know how to do it. It can’t. Because your organisation, strategy and message are hopeless and you don’t even have clarity about your own goal.”
He said No 10 should lock Clegg up, but instead “they send him out this morning like a balloon that they’ve let go of, to whizz around the broadcast studios making himself even more of a laughing stock”.
- The Guardian,