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Whatever Londoners might think of Boris Johnson at the moment, he is certainly ticking all the right boxes here in the US, where the penchant for the bumbling, foppish British stereotype is as persistent as ever. According to the New York TimesJohnson is a welcome respite from our recent slew of “gray, chronically self-editing politicians.” Step aside Reverend Blair and Mme Thatcher, Boris is the real deal; and they’ve even found an “authentic British voice” to tell us why:

“He bumbles a lot, but he’s a lot cleverer than you think,” said Lizzie Vines, a 50-year-old Devon farmer. “It’s a very British thing to do, to pretend to be stupid when you’re not.”

Vine added that she admired…

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