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The true horror of the Johnsonian “worldview”—he seems to believe Britain is a nation of Borises

The likely next prime minister may think that rules are for other people but the country does not

By Rafael Behr  

Photo: Neil Hall/PA Wire/PA Images

The clue was in the kipper. Boris Johnson brandished a packet of smoked fish on stage at a hustings event last week to illustrate an argument about business and Brexit. The frontrunner in the Tory leadership contest is famously articulate, yet the silent kipper was, in its own way, more eloquent. Johnson’s fable turned out to be a fiction. He said it was “Brussels bureaucrats” who insisted that the processed fish make its way from plant to customer on “ice pillows”—a foreign imposition of…

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