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Who’s to blame for Boris Johnson?

A plodding new biography paints the Prime Minister as a victim, and ducks any serious reckoning with his many flaws

By Philip Collins   December 2020

“He’s a shit. He’s utterly selfish. He’s destroyed the family.” This anonymous verdict on Boris Johnson is apparently delivered by someone in the Johnson clan. On the first page of Tom Bower’s plodding biography of the Prime Minister, the tone is already set. The scene is Chequers, August 2019, and the occasion is a party thrown by the new PM to celebrate the 79th birthday of his father,…

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