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I first met Boris Johnson 30 years ago – he has been great at landing a big job, but very poor at doing it

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Boris Johnson has had a colourful rise to the top of UK politics. Photo: Dominic Lipinski

Boris Johnson has had a colourful rise to the top of UK politics. Photo: Dominic Lipinski

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Boris Johnson has had a colourful rise to the top of UK politics. Photo: Dominic Lipinski

Boris Johnson was among the first people I met after moving to Brussels in June 1989 to “report Europe” for the Irish Independent.

Had anyone told me then that he was a future British prime minister, I would have summoned the men in the white coats. Yet, it turns out – after a dysfunctional three years at the top in British politics – my instincts were not that far out after all.


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