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How the rumour mill ruined Boris Johnson

By shrewdly fanning the gossip flames, Johnson moved effortlessly from Fleet Street to No.10 via City Hall. But now the rumours have come back to bite

By Alexis Self  

In a world teeming with gloom, it’s essential to appreciate good irony when it comes along. This summer, Pope Francis sashayed onto a balcony at the Vatican to tell those assembled (plus all the haters) that “gossip is a plague worse than Covid.” He ended his sermon with a plea: “Let’s make a big effort: no gossiping!” The result? At least one-sixth of the world’s population, maybe more, began feverishly speculating as to whom…

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