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Westminster hums with speculation over this question: would Prime Minister Boris Johnson call a snap election?

The temptation of an autumn ballot will be great but the risks could be even greater

By Rafael Behr  

Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Boris Johnson is known to be a gambler when it comes to the fate of the country. He piled his political chips on the Leave campaign in 2016 and spun the wheel. His ministerial record and his private life are punctuated with wanton disregard for everyone besides himself. The man who is almost certain to be Britain’s next prime minister has a maverick reputation, but his adventurousness is the slippery, devious kind that outsources real danger to others. When it comes to his…

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