Dominic Cummings has said it is “time to build a startup” to “replace the rotten Tories and win in 2028”.
Mr Cummings, who was Boris Johnson’s most senior advisor, said Rishi Sunak is the hardest-working MP with the highest IQ, but has “no grip of power, no governing plan, no message and no political strategy worth spit”.
“The old system isn’t getting any better than Sunak as PM so what does this say about the system,” he wrote in a blog post.
And he said the Conservatives will not “improve after the election and grasp why they failed so badly, why the 80 seat majority Vote Leave won was wasted”.
Writing for subscribers to his blog, Mr Cummings said he is already receiving messages from MPs and donors asking how to rebuild the party.
But he tells them “no, plough the old Tory Party into the earth”, and prefers messages calling for “the startup party”, he said.
“This is the time to start building the replacement so that from 2200 on election night in October-December 2024 the old Party is buried and a new set of people with new ideas start talking to the country and can take over in 2028 and give voters the sort of government they want and deserve,” Mr Cummings said.
After allegedly plotting to undermine then Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who gave him a special advisory role, Cummings infamously embarked on a bitter campaign to bring down the PM, after he was dramatically ousted from office following a public backlash.
The VoteLeave mastermind was seen walking out of 10 Downing street holding boxes, via the front door, in an intentional PR stunt.
Pledging to have his party, which he is for now simply calling ‘The Startup Party’, ‘replace the rotten Tory horror show,’ Cummings said that he believes Rishi Sunak’s government will lose the next General Election, providing a ‘huge opportunity’ for a new party to take control in the GE that follows it, in 2028.
“NO NO NO. No more excruciating Tory dinners,” he wrote in his blog post. “No more ‘X is obviously not up to it but … maybe … we could build a team around them, oh god pass the red…
‘NO. Plough the old Tory Party into the earth with salt. I prefer the calls that start, “Come on, it’s time for the startup party let’s go”.
He continued: ‘This is the time to start building the replacement so that from 2200 on election night in October-December 2024 the old Party is buried and a new set of people with new ideas start talking to the country and can take over in 2028 and give voters the sort of government they want and deserve.’
In terms of policies for his new party, Cummings outlined being tougher on crime and illegal immigration and pledged to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights.
In addition, Cummings said he would freeze taxes for workers and would link MPs’ salaries to median incomes.