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Who is worse, conciliatory Boris Johnson or his petulant doppelgänger?

What we are witnessing is the consequence of having two different PMs in office—and no mandate for either of them

By Rafael Behr  

The government's ads have been found "misleading" by the ASA. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

Boris Johnson ran as two candidates to win the Tory leadership, adjusting his persona to suit different audiences. For wary Conservative MPs who doubted his professionalism, he played the moderate conciliator and Brexit pragmatist. To the activist base he preached Eurosceptic fire and brimstone, unafraid to wreak havoc in the cause of emancipation from Brussels bondage.

True to that model, Johnson now serves as twin prime ministers. One promises ecumenical government and speaks of “healing a divided nation.” The other sought illegally to prorogue parliament…

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