Sep 28, 2020 - 25 min
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Britain's 'digital Machiavelli' embodied a data revolution, but his abrasiveness cost him dearly. Boris Johnson’s chief adviser had a vision of government by data. But when the pandemic gave him a chance to remake the British state, he flunked it. Hal Hodson and Kat Hall chronicle Dominic Cummings' downfall for The Economist's 1843 magazine.