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There's a dark side to Boris Johnson's government and even his allies are fed up with it


Since his landslide election win in December, the British Prime Minister has attempted to frame his personal success as the moment Brits could confidently move on from Brexit and into a bright new future. Yet despite Johnson's sunny optimism, a near-constant stream of darker, nastier messages has been seeping out of 10 Downing Street. And the finger of blame is being pointed at Johnson's most senior adviser, Dominic Cummings. Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale said: “Boris has the power to reign him in if he wanted to. But at the moment clearly he feels that Cummings is doing what he wants him to do - moving forward with a disruptive but productive program.”

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