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Voters have to accept Boris Johnson’s serial lying is predictably true to form

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Nigel Dodds, Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster. Picture by Michael Cooper

Nigel Dodds, Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster. Picture by Michael Cooper

Nigel Dodds, Boris Johnson and Arlene Foster. Picture by Michael Cooper

Floundering in the depths of his own dishonesty, Boris Johnson’s grasp on power is becoming desperate. Support for a sudden defenestration is growing among Tory MPs unnerved at a leader whose gaffes are outnumbered only by the lies he has told.

The British prime minister deserves little sympathy. But neither do some of those denouncing him. Voters knew of the deficiencies in Johnson’s character when they rewarded him with a landslide election victory just over two years ago, as did the MPs who chose him. His conduct is shocking by most objective standards, but not by his own.


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