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Dominic Cummings was Campaign Director of Vote Leave. His tweets from his account @odysseanproject became strangely compelling, and he was a must-follow to understand the minds of Brexiteers. He was especially tough towards those who tried to connect Vote Leave to Leave.eu, and had some choice words about David Davis too.
Then this evening the discovery that his account had been deleted. I suppose it should have come as no surprise that Cummings deleted all his tweets, as that’s what Vote Leave did with its own website in the aftermath of the referendum, before then restoring it.
That started a rather frantic effort to try to see what of Cummings’s tweets were recoverable. This blog entry is written in the stages that I recovered the information, mostly making static HTML pages from Google Cache pages of Cummings’s tweets. Some of the information here may be replicated, but I think it is important to maintain a record of the behaviour of this person who helped Leave win the referendum, and then has tried to wash his hands of it all.
Recovery Stage 1
The most controversial tweets were those that Cummings exchanged with The Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr. 6 of those threads have been recovered from the Google Cache.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
Recovery Stage 2
Dominic Cummings has a website that you can find here. It’s still online at the time of writing, but just in case he decides to take it offline I have made a local copy of every single page on it.
Recovery Stage 3
Any tweet anyone ever wrote to Dominic Cummings can be found here – problem is that these tweets do not make much sense without the original tweet that prompted these replies. Anyway, better than nothing I suppose.
Recovery Stage 4
Some tweets written by Cummings are in the Wayback Machine. But that archives rather few tweets. Whatever there is can be found here. Update: @ambrosen helpfully points out that what’s in Wayback Machine might not be safe, so he made some archives of that for me. All the HTML files, ZIPped, are here.
Recovery Stage 6
This time I tried to find things Cummings said about Cambridge Analytica. There are 6 threads on that.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6
However that search did lead me to an interesting spat he had with Peter Jukes, him declining to speak to Carole Cadwalladr, and arguing with Carole, and arguing with Ben Goldacre.
Recovery Stage 7
Tweets exchanged with Jolyon Maugham QC were significant too. There are 5 threads on that, with numbers 4 and 5 especially useful.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Recovery Stage 8
One of Cummings’s most memorable Twitter discussions (actually civilised by his standards) was with David Allen Green. Thankfully the text of all of Cummings’s tweets is in the text on David’s blog – enjoy it here!
Recovery Stage 9
It turns out that any tweets used on Storify are still there. There are three Storify threads with Cummings tweets – from Duncan Robinson (archive), David Colquhoun (archive) and Rachel Gooch (archive).
Recovery Stage 10
I’ve found his legendary Euratom tweet (and later parts of the thread here and here), and one of his branches of the future tweets.
Recovery Stage 11
I’ve amassed a bunch of screenshots of Cummings tweets. All here in a gallery!