As the former enfant terrible of government advisers — and no less of an embarrassment to the Tories having left the employ of Michael Gove — Dominic Cummings was destined to give good quote in his speech (VIDEO) to wonkers IPPR yesterday afternoon:
“[Number 10] operate in a bubble in which it is at most 10 days planning or more usually 48 hours or 72 hours. There is no long-term priority. There is no long-term plan.
“[David Cameron’s] most important advisers are Ed Llewellyn and Craig Oliver – both of them are totally and utterly useless. It is not their fault. They are just in the wrong job. The fault lies in Cameron putting them there.
“If you have a prime minister who has no sense of priorities and cannot manage his way out of a paper bag, and his two chief advisers who don’t know what they are doing with Craig Oliver running round with a ridiculous grid which is worrying about Twitter and the news cycle for the next three hours, of course it’s going to be a farce.”
“You might think somewhere there must be a quiet calm centre like in a James Bond move where you open the door and there is where the ninjas are who actually know what they are doing. There are no ninjas. There is no door.
Dominic Cummings: the “quiet calm centre” of education policy!