Senior Tory sources claim that a labyrinth of Labour Party spies has been operating at the core of Whitehall, feeding confidential information to Sir Keir Starmer’s team to destabilise the Government.
The moles – Labour sympathising civil servants, are believed to have played a pivotal part in triggering the lobbying scandal which has enabled Sir Keir Starmer’s party to construct a narrative of Tory sleaze by leaking details of David Cameron’s contacts with Ministers and officials.
They’re also suspected of using leaks to try to sabotage the Brexit withdrawal negotiations last year and to provide advance notification to the Labour leader about Government plans in the pipeline, giving him time to structure his responses.
The Tory spy hunters believe a cell of Labour supporters, centred in the Cabinet Office, was activated last year after Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s former senior adviser in No 10, declared that a hard rain was coming for the Civil Service as part of proposed reforms to break up Whitehall’s grip on the establishment.
Dominic Cummings is a long-standing critic of the Whitehall establishment, describing the permanent Civil Service as an idea for the history books and proposing the abolition of senior civil servants positions.
Shortly after entering Downing Street in 2019, he became entangled in a power struggle with Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill, which ultimately led to Sir Mark being succeeded by the Duke of Cambridge’s former private secretary, Simon Case.
Deputy Cabinet Secretary Helen MacNamara also left, along with two other departmental permanent secretaries reportedly on a Cummings hit list – Sir Philip Rutnam at the Home Office and Sir Simon McDonald at the Foreign Office.
These Whitehall battles were being fought as the narrative broke about Dominic Cummings infamous 260 mile trip from London to his parents home in Durham during the lockdown, leading some sources to speculate at the time that dark forces had been behind the exposé.
Disruptive leaks from inside No 10 quickly began appearing in sympathetic media outlets, such as the revelation in the Financial Times last September that the Government was preparing legislation that would breach international law by letting the United Kingdom unilaterally rewrite parts of the Brexit departure agreement.
The story wrought havoc with Downing Street’s negotiation policy just as the Brexit talks were entering a critical stage, and Dominic Cummings was himself expelled from No 10 later in that year amid the fallout from an internal power struggle with the Prime Minister’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, but by then, the well had been poisoned.
But all of this appears to be just to solely accumulate more sympathy, and for the dull tediousness of Boris Johnson, especially now he no longer has Dominic Cummings doing his reasoning for him.
And it wouldn’t shock me at all if the Marxists have plants all over the place because there’s always someone with an axe to grind, and there’s no such thing as a loyal servant these days.