(fashion) How the Moon landings help No 10 prepare for a No Deal
Boris Johnson’s uncompromising No Deal strategy is being modelled on President John F. Kennedy’s Apollo programme that landed a man on the Moon, insiders have told The Mail on Sunday.
Mr Johnson’s chief strategist Dominic Cummings – who has long been fascinated by Nasa’s mastery of space in the 1960s – has overseen the establishment of a ‘No Deal dashboard’ which can be simultaneously accessed by nearly 200 Ministers, No 10 staff, senior special advisers and the top-tier mandarins.
The matrix uses a traffic-light system to track the progress of 347 different ‘actions’ across Government to ensure no problems hit key issues such as medical supplies, freight traffic, petrol supply and UK citizens living in EU countries after Brexit on October 31.
One small step for Boris, one giant leap for Brexit: MPs have created a 'No-Deal dashboard' which is accessible for senior special advisers, top-tier mandarins and No 10 staff. It allows participants to raise an alert about one of the actions which turns red and if it is under control, it shows amber or green
If a sufficient number of the participants raise a serious alert about one of the actions then it will flash red, showing a problem that needs to be dealt with; if the situation is deemed to be under control then it shows amber or green.
During the Apollo programme, which ran from 1961 to 1972, the most senior Nasa scientists each had simultaneous access to the technical preparations.
Mr Johnson’s allies say the dashboard, run by senior aide Oliver Lewis, demonstrates how serious the Prime Minister is about preparing the country for No Deal.
Dominic Cummings is leading the dashboard, alongside Jacob Rees Mogg, Boris Johnson and Michael Gove
But it could also be seen as a public relations move designed to spook Brussels into ripping up its Brexit deal containing the hated Northern Irish backstop.
In a blog entry posted online in 2017, before he entered Downing Street, Mr Cummings said his Brexit plan was to