Much to the delight of Westminster, Dominic Cummings has blogged. In a post clocking in at around 2,300 words — modest by Cummings’ standards — the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser has laid out his thoughts on the election.
His line warning of the “real possibility of a hung parliament” has been picked up by a number of journalists. However, Cummings is playing a game. In recent days, polling has shown that the only threat to a Tory majority is the potential for Lib Dem gains in one nation Conservative seats. The Lib Dems have been trying to woo moderate Tories on the sly by saying that a Johnson government is inevitable, and so they can freely vote for Jo Swinson, safe in the knowledge that it will not result in a Jeremy Corbyn government.
Cummings’ intervention is a call to action from Tory high command. He wants to re-instil the fear of a hung parliament and a Corbyn premiership. Will his warnings be picked up by the media in the coming days? Judging by his past briefings, almost certainly yes.