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Dominic Cummings is too clever to break the rules. They bend for him

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23.05.2020

The only appropriate reaction at this point is to stand and applaud, quite possibly even on our doorsteps, once a week. #ClapforCummings. I’ll be doing it and you should too.

Except the applause is not really for Dominic Cummings, but for ourselves. Just a short moment of thanks for our extraordinary good fortune to have been alive on earth at the same time as this, the single greatest genius in human history. Dominic Cummings: the cleverest man ever to have lived.

Sure, there have been other geniuses, people like, say, Einstein. But all he ever did was look upon the world around him and distil the chaos down to the rules that only he could see.

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Cummings is different. Unique, even. When Cummings acts, the sheer power of his intellect changes the rules around him, even the ones that he made himself.

Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives. Drive 260 miles up the A1 with a car full of coronavirus. Which of these even were the government guidelines, written across those lecterns for all those weeks? Can any of us really be sure?

Michael Gove, Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock, Dominic Raab - they've all already forgotten everything they've spent the last three months saying, but we'll come on to that shortly.

You, I, everybody else, we do as we are told. We stay home, we protect the NHS, we save lives. We don’t see our friends, our family. We lose our livelihoods and we just carry on. We follow the rules. And if we get caught breaking them,........

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