Heres Dominic Cummings giving evidence to the Treasury Committee on Exiting the EU.
Heres Cummings in full flow against the Process governance of Whitehall
Cummings often quotes the work of Tetlock, regarding the abysmal record of Experts and their predictions. Cummings is a natural opponent of the old Aphorism/Comfort Blanket of the Bureaucrat
” You Never get sacked for buying IBM ”
It remains to be seen how the Dynamic between Sedwill and Cummings develops. Sedwill is the most powerful man in the Permanent Bueracratic machinery of State Process Government and is a Creature of the Surveillance Capitalist and Security State.
Cummings declared intentions and Sedwills very Existence seem on their face to be Matter and Anti-Matter, what prophylactic membrane has prevented MAD to break out between these two opposites tells us two things, Perhaps the surface appearance is mere camouflage, or secondly the reaction of the two opposites is not instantaneous.
“There are deep problems with the global financial architecture, from China’s shadow banking system to the recurrent flash crashes driven by high frequency algorithmic trading. There are deep problems with the euro financial architecture. Since 2008 global debt has increased enormously. There has been a huge distortion of debt markets with investors holding massive quantities of government bonds that offer very little future reward and great future risk. CDO’s, CDS’s, all sorts of synthetic credit derivatives that contributed to the 2008 crisis are back and being sold to idiots who don’t understand them by some of the same people who used such complicated scams to cheat the figures for Greece’s euro entry. Bureaucrats keep bailing out financiers. The public quite rightly rages that ‘us idiots on PAYE are bailing all these crooks out’. Politicians largely ignore them. In Britain, Cameron even defended the indefensible non-dom rules and has done nothing about the grotesque abuse of executive pay by hired managers paying themselves as if they are successful entrepreneurs, with institutional shareholders happily pushing the merry-go-round and getting their kickbacks. Everywhere one looks one sees insiders ripping off the public and politicians either colluding or helpless spectators.”
From 1999 to 2002, Cummings was campaign director at Business for Sterling, the campaign against the UK joining the Euro
Cummings wrote an essay titled “Some thoughts on education and political priorities”, about transforming Britain into a “meritocratic technopolis”; the essay was described by Guardian journalist Patrick Wintour as “either mad, bad or brilliant – and probably a bit of all three”.
In 2014, Prime Minister David Cameron described Cummings as a “career psychopath”, although the two had never met
(That’s high praise coming from Cameron who is wrong about just about everything.)
He is reportedly an admirer of Otto von Bismarck, Richard Feynman, Sun Tzu, and U.S. fighter pilot and military strategist John Boyd. Journalist Owen Bennett claimed that Cummings “is a Russophile, speaks Russian, and is passionately interested in Dostoyevsky” while Patrick Wintour in The Guardian reported that “Anna Karenina, maths and Bismarck are his three obsessions.”
I do not think Dominic Cummings would have much trouble understanding EROI or ECOE, He might though prefer the more abstract financial approaches to Government storytelling which are social control mechanisms prioritised over Systems control efficiency.
Make no mistake Cummings is a Bright Spark as well as a class operator, That Sedwill has not managed as yet to cull him begs the questions posed above?