Dominic Cummings entered Downing Street last week having been hired by the new prime minister, Boris Johnson, to deliver Brexit “by any mean necessary”. The move follows Cummings’ successful stint as campaign director of the Vote Leave campaign in 2016, which set Britain on the course for Brexit. It was that period that brought Cummings to the attention of Britain’s foremost political playwright, James Graham.

Graham tells Anushka Asthana how he was fascinated by the dramatic possibilities of this former government adviser who had dropped out of politics to read Greek mythology and mathematics and only returned to the frontline on the condition he would have full control of Vote Leave’s referendum strategy.

Also today: the author and journalist Daniel Trilling on rethinking how the media covers migration and refugees.





Dominic Cummings walks into 10 Downing Street





Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP

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