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Sajid Javid’s spending statement on Wednesday will be a charade

The chancellor will merely tot up the cost of Johnson’s electioneering bungs

By Paul Wallace  

Photo: Matt Dunham/PA Wire/PA Images

Over the past two decades the Treasury has been run by a heavyweight, able to square up to a prime minister in the second most important political job in the land. Think of Gordon Brown in the Blair years or of George Osborne in the Cameron years. In their more understated ways, Alistair Darling held his own with Brown when he became prime minister, as did Philip Hammond with Theresa May.

But it is Boris Johnson who is calling all the shots in his…

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