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The Conservatives have a Boris Johnson problem. It’s just not the one you think it is

He brought them a big victory. But he may also be the man responsible for making the Conservatives unelectable in the long term

By Emma Burnell  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson joins a socially distanced lesson during a visit to Bovingdon Primary School in Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, following the announcement of a GBP 1 billion plan to help pupils catch up with their education before September after spending months out of school during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Tories have found the apex of a certain kind of Tory-ness in Boris Johnson. He combines a laissez-faire attitude to—well everything—with a born-to-rule demeanour. He was popular with the public for his spirit of public optimism and general demeanour.

However, the cracks are starting to show and that same public…

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