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Boris Johnson may have survived Covid, but his star will wane further if he can't recover his old swagger

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Unlike his hero Winston Churchill, Johnson has failed to rise to greatest peacetime challenge, says Alban Maginness

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Under pressure: Boris Johnson

Under pressure: Boris Johnson

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Under pressure: Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has had an undistinguished first year as Prime Minister. Johnson's other hero, alongside the great wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill, is the outstanding Athenian statesman Pericles. Pericles was famous for defending Athenian democracy, so much so that his critics called him a populist.

There is little doubt that Johnson, whether he has modelled himself on Pericles or not, is a modern-day populist - and a very shrewd one at that.

It was he who fathomed the popular mood of the English working-class voters prior to the general election in December 2019.