you need to read more about how much johnson deferred to cummings, and how much cummings deferred and gave free rein to his 'genius', 'outcast' , 'misfit' staff hires.
once again, the entire culture of no 10 downing street has been an experiment, aggressively pitched, against all the old 'sclerotic' forms of whitehall-type governance, the formality and (supposed) mediocrity of the old hierarchies. cummings and his ilk were given free reign to create their own work culture based on their own ideas.
johnson's head of staff was responsible for a lot of the email circulars. a law graduate from cambridge. not exactly the eton-oxford-humanities type you like to rant against in your misconstrued attacks against all the 'decadence' of the snobs. we're talking a traditional law-path graduate, not 'PPE' or any of your other shibboleths -- and law/jurisprudence degrees, LLBs, postgrad qualifications, etc, are hardly the real provenance of the 'humanities'.
Before entering government, Reynolds worked as a lawyer in London. From 1997, he worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Becoming a diplomat, Reynolds served at the British High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa as Deputy High Commissioner between July 2011 and November 2014.
... unless you want to make out, of course, that someone with a near-identical career and posting as your own father is part of the 'corrupt elite'.
in addition, there's a quite heavy implication - you've alluded to it yourself when making misogynistic wisecracks - that johnson's own wife had essentially set up private court. that's why cummings left or was booted out, after all: conflict with carrie johnson, who was making her own appointments and pushing her own agenda. not exactly an eton-oxford-humanities type there, either. she's thoroughly a middle-class botherer. pretty sure she did theatre or drama or something at warwick. are you going to suggest no 10 has been dangerously over-run by acolytes of conceptual dance?
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