Even the devil needs an attorney. Forget the torrent of leaks for a minute, the farce of Barnard Castle and the potentially irritating irreverence he shows towards self-important MPs. Dominic Cummings is the most prominent backroom figure in recent British political history and, love him or loathe him, he’s left an indelible mark on our democracy. There are lots of valid criticisms that reasonable people can rightly latch onto with regards to Cummings’s behaviour and demeanour, but his incredible influence and extraordinary zeal warrants a fair review. Predictably, at present, few have been prepared to provide it. He’s unpopular with the public and is painted as a pantomime villain.