PM’s aide calls for ‘weirdos and misfits’ to apply for Number 10

Friday, January 3, 2020

Boris Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings has asked “weirdos and misfits” to apply for jobs in Downing Street, as he warned of “profound problems” in government decision making.

Posting on his blog on Thursday, Mr Cummings appealed to “unusual economists”, “policy experts” and “super-talented weirdos” to consider becoming special advisers or officials.

The job advert came amid reports that the Prime Minister is planning “seismic changes” to the civil service.

Former adviser to Boris Johnson, Kulveer Ranger, welcomed the initiative.

He told talkRADIO's Mike Graham: "When you want to change the system, when you want to make real improvements, you need to do things differently."

Mr Cummings said he hopes to be made “largely redundant” within a year by the recruitment drive.

He warned that there are “some profound problems at the core of how the British state makes decisions”, adding that he currently makes decisions “well outside” his “circle of competence”.

The former Vote Leave director added that Brexit will require large policy and decision-making structure changes and a government with an 80-strong majority will have “little need to worry about short-term unpopularity”.

Under a subsection on hiring “super-talented weirdos”, he writes that the government needs “some true wild cards, artists, people who never went to university and fought their way out of an appalling hell hole”.

He called for those with “odd skills”, as well as data scientists and mathematicians, to apply to a gmail account if they think they fit the bill.

Candidates were asked to send a one page letter and CV and were told not to apply unless they could commit to at least two years.

Mr Cummings also cautioned: “I’ll bin you within weeks if you don’t fit – don’t complain later because I made it clear now.”

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