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The most alarming thing about another Johnson government: we do not yet know if this is peak authoritarianism or merely the watershed

Johnson shows contempt for democratic norms and now voters have an opportunity to punish him for it

By Jonathan Lis  

He fought the law—the law lost. Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

What happens to someone who lives his life seemingly oblivious to his obligation to truth, decency or other people? What happens if, after each misdemeanour, he not only escapes censure but earns reward? Does he change his ways? Or do they become worse? This week we are about to find out.

The key to understanding Boris Johnson is that he appears never to have taken responsibility for anything he has said or done. This is anchored in his professional…

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