Cummings, who was instrumental in the Brexit campaign’s 2016 victory, published a blog on his website giving his insights on the election campaign.
He begins by writing:
Tell your family and friends face-to-face: if Boris doesn’t get a majority, then Corbyn and Sturgeon will control the government…
…Parliament will drag the whole country into crisis, and immigration will return to being a central issue in politics instead of being marginalised by Brexit
But it’s a passage further down that’s raising eyebrows.
Apart from giving millions of foreign citizens the vote, they will rig the question so the ‘choice’ is effectively ‘Remain or Remain’, they will cheat the rules, they will do anything, supported by the likes of Goldman Sachs writing the cheques like they did in 2016, to ensure Remain win.
Lots of people online have accused Cummings of “dog whistle” racism with his claim that “millions” of foreigners will soon be allowed to vote if Boris Johnson isn’t victorious on 12 December.
Cummings’ use of “the likes of Goldman Sachs writing the cheques like they did on 2016” has also been interpreted by many as thinly veiled antisemitism.
“Economic antisemitism” is a form of antisemitism that consists of stereotypes based on the alleged economic status, occupations or economic behaviour of Jews. Examples of this include the “Rothschilds” conspiracy theory, which argues that the Rothschilds (a wealthy Jewish family) control the world’s banks and media. The Jewish Cronicle described the idea Jewish people are over-represented in banks like Goldman Sachs as “the conspiracy theory perhaps most beloved by antisemitic anoraks the world over”.
It is a theory frequently used by politicians who’ve been accused of antisemitism to discredit their opponents. In 2017, for instance, far-right French politician Marine Le Pen drew parallels between “the world of finance” and Emmanuel Macron – a one-time employee of the Rothschild investment bank. Trump has also made a hate figure out of Jewish billionaire George Soros.
People online were quick to call out Cummings’ blog.
indy100 has contacted Dominic Cummings for comment.