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Could the Johnson premiership prove to be the shortest ever? A leaf through the history books

The new PM could face lethal perils within just three months. Governing hasn’t looked so dicey since the Georgian age

By Tom Clark  

Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire/PA Images

When you’ve waited for a job your whole life, you’d hope to have the time to give it a proper go. But today, as the boy who grew up wanting to be “world king” stands on the threshold of Downing Street, his many detractors are chattering about whether Boris Johnson could just prove to be one of shortest-serving prime ministers in history.

So what are the benchmarks, and is there really reason to think that the blond bombshell could…

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