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The resistible rise of Boris Johnson

Help a shameless politician up the greasy pole, and you won’t get sympathy if you don’t like what they do when they get to the top

By Andrew Adonis  

Boris Johnson with Max Hastings in 2007 © Jeff Gilbert/​Shutterstock

While half watching Dominic Cummings’s interminable search-and-destroy mission last week, I read the famous 2019 Guardian article by Max Hastings denouncing Johnson in similar terms—unfit, incompetent, deceitful—on the eve of his triumphal entry into No 10 after evicting Theresa May.

I read it because I am writing a profile of Johnson for this magazine’s summer edition, so have been reading the thousands of pages written about him; a penance worthy of the church which has just married the prime minister for the third time, in Westminster Cathedral no less, thanks to a loophole by which the Vatican does not recognise…

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