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Boris Johnson once joked that he had “absolutely no convictions except one—and that was from a long time ago, for speeding.” He is the shape-shifting prime minister who is both left wing and right wing, liberal and illiberal—or, in the modern jargon, open and closed. His views morph as circumstances change to fit the politics that are most to his own advantage.

Now, after his election victory, he will be liberated to show his true colours. With a…

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