Former Florentine political adviser and strategist Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli has insisted Dominic Cummings has overstepped the boundaries of what is acceptable.
In a wide-ranging interview, Mr Machiavelli said, “In my book ‘The Prince’ I lay out in great detail the way leaders should act and the strategies they should employ in order to achieve their political goals.
“The essence of my philosophy is that the end justifies the means, and this ranges from lying and cheating, up to the killing of innocents, however, there are limits to what is morally acceptable and Mr Cummings has simply gone too far.
“Any leader of worth, be it a Prince, Duke, a Doge, a Pope or an unelected bureaucrat like Mr Cummings, should have the best interests of their dominion at heart in order to retain their power, however it would appear the driving force behind Cummings strategy is to dismantle his realm.
“Don’t get me wrong, I admire him greatly. His ability to introduce so many lies and falsehoods that it swamps those who would attempt to scrutinise, thus allowing the lies to enter the public discourse unchallenged is a masterstroke.
“His unflappable, probably psychopathic tendency to ride roughshod over legal and parliamentary precedent, that has been painstakingly introduced over many centuries and at the cost of much blood and sacrifice, is commendable to the highest degree.
“Indeed, it is these traits that could rank him amongst the highest of dictators and demagogues, but to follow a course that would result in the destruction of the realm, that’s just too much, even for me.”