Dominic Cummings accused of 'revenge' by Kuenssberg
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Dominic Cummings rose to fame as a key political strategist in the Brexit Vote Leave campaign and more recently as a critic of the Government’s early handling of the pandemic. After his bombshell departure from No 10 last year, how does Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former aide earn a living now?
Since leaving his role by the PMs side Mr Cummings has been causing quite a stir.
The former adviser has made numerous damaging revelations about the Government’s handling of the pandemic.
He has recently given his first major TV interview post dismissal with Laura Kuenssberg, where he made further damaging claims of incompetence against the Government.
When he left Downing Street Mr Cummings was earning quite a packet.
He took a £40,000 pay rise in his final year at No 10, bringing his salary up to between £140,000 and £144,999, according to the BBC.
He didn’t charge for his tell-all interview with Ms Kuenssberg and he hasn’t yet sold his story to a newspaper or signed a book deal.
So what does Mr Cummings do for a living now?
After his dismissal, Mr Cummings started a blog where he publishes many of his damaging criticisms of the Government.
He is also planning to launch a profile on Substack, a newsletter platform that allows users to sign up for certain newsletter mailing lists.
Mr Cummings will charge for his newsletter subscribers to hear about his stories of the Government and his experience inside No 10.
He says: “Subscribers will find out first about new projects that I make public,” the post said. “Only subscribers can comment.”
Cummings confirmed the launch of his newsletter on this platform in a Tweet.
It seems users will get access to some aspects of the platform without charge, but then they will be able to pay £100 a year, £10 a month, or £200 a year to become a “founding member”.
He is also offering his marketing and election campaigning expertise.
He will charge for his “expertise” for fees that “slide from zero to lots depending on who you are/your project”, according to his website.
On his blog, he also says he now runs a company called Siwah Ltd.
He says this is a company “that tries to solve problems (management, political, communication).”
Siwah is a technology consultancy firm and Mr Cummings is the sole director of it.
Mr Cummings has experience in tech consultancy through his previous tech consultancy Dynamic Maps.
According to the BBC, there was some speculation that Mr Cummings would seek a career as the first head of Aria.
Aria the UK’s new “high risk” science agency it had been a project of his, but it seems Mr Cummings has chosen a different career post-politics.
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