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IN THE good old days disgruntled servants fed blackmailers and Fleet Street’s sordid Sunday papers with tittle-tattle that kept them going for years. Nowadays we have to make do with a seemingly endless stream of vitriol from Dominic Cummings. Now that Matt Hancock has gone the sacked Downing Street guru has returned to the fray to launch a new attack on Boris Johnson, courtesy of the BBC this week.

But what have we actually learned from his supposedly tell-all interview on the BBC? Well, Cummings tells us that his former master is a callous and stupid individual who held out to the last minute against demands for a second lock-down last year.

He implies that Johnson is under the thumb of his current wife and that he cannot handle the responsibilities of high office. Cummings claims he discussed ousting Johnson within days of the Conservatives winning the December 2019 election by a landslide and amazingly enough the former chief Brexiteer now says that anyone who says they are sure, five years after the result, that Brexit is a good thing must have a screw loose.

But this is nothing compared to the Profumo affair or the Tory sleaze that helped sink the Major government, and it is very small beer from the man who was once the éminence grise of the Johnson administration.

Johnson has wisely chosen to ignore Cummings, whose revelations have failed, so far, to dent the Tory lead in the opinion polls. That’s not surprising because nobody is asking the real questions that could seriously embarrass the Johnson team.

The first is who are these people that wanted to get rid of Johnson in 2019? The second is why is Cummings getting so much coverage in the first place?

There’s clearly a struggle going on in the corridors of power over the future direction of the Tory government. Some grandees plainly want Johnson out and they’re clearly prepared to use Cummings in their campaign. We can only guess at their motives.

It is, however, evident that there’s a refocus within the Remainer camp with one of their most prominent players, the former Speaker of the House of Commons, joining Labour, and Cummings now casting doubt on the Brexit he helped achieve when he led the Tory campaign to get Britain out of the European Union.

All this should have been an open goal for Labour but no, under the useless leadership of Sir Keir Starmer the party that claims to represent working people spends its time continuing to weed out Corbynistas on trumped-up charges of “anti-Semitism” and “promoting” communism.

There’s nothing new in the current Starmer purge. Although it was founded by the trade unions to give the working class its own voice within Parliament, the parliamentary Labour party (PLP) has been dominated by the middle-class intelligentsia since the days of Ramsay McDonald.

Labour has always been a mass party encompassing a very wide political spectrum but only right‑wing, social‑democratic factions are allowed to thrive. Although the Labour Party is dominated by the class‑collaborating right wing in the PLP, the possibility of their defeat exists as long as Labour retains its organisational links with the trade unions that fund it. The defeat of right‑wing union blocs in most of the major unions in recent years demonstrates this possibility.

Corbyn himself says that the “proposals to the Labour NEC are divisive and raise the threat of further future attacks on party democracy. Now is the time when all of our energy should be concentrated against the Tories and in campaigning for people’s health, jobs and livelihoods,” and Diane Abbott, the left Labour MP for Hackney North, warned that the move “does nothing to help ordinary people, and nothing to fight the Tories”.