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Boris Johnson wants us to see him as a modern-day Churchill. Don’t fall for it

The silly comparisons between these two figures really must stop

By Sonia Purnell   December 2017

Boris Johnson before signing copies of his new book 'The Churchill Factor.' Photo: PA

Boris Johnson has consistently invited us to compare him with that historical titan, Winston Churchill. In October, newspaper photographers were called to the foreign secretary’s grace and favour country residence, Chevening, to capture him messing around on boats with a bemused group of foreign ministers from Eastern Europe. They were just nameless extras. It was really just about Boris.

Or rather it was about Churchill and Boris. Churchill was famous for conducting diplomacy at his…

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