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Insurgency is the political currency of our age

Boris Johnson has replaced Jeremy Corbyn as the political rule-breaker in chief 

By Charlotte Leslie  

Boris Johnson has captured the spirit of insurgency, says Leslie. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

I braced myself. The enormous bare arm enveloped me in an avalanche of enthusiasm and chest hair. “You’re alright you are,” my warm-hearted friend confided. “ You’re a bit posh, but you’re naughty, like us.”

It was 2015. I had been re-elected as a Conservative MP in Bristol, and now the summer had properly started. The afternoon sweltered, as befitted the annual festival of the local football club. Tops were off, torsos were out, and cider enjoyed with gusto.…

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