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Matt Cooper: Whose fault is it that Johnson is still in power?

Through sheer brass neck and absence of conscience, the British prime minister has ridden out the media storm for the required 11 days, which also reflects badly on those who can’t or won’t oust him

British prime minister Boris Johnson seems to have shown that if you brazen it out, eventually everyone else will give up

Boris Johnson is an example to every reprobate caught up in political or business scandal: brazen it out and eventually everyone else will give up. Spin-doctoring consultants everywhere will use him as a model for clients to emulate, although you wonder if anyone else could pull it off with quite the degree of insouciance Johnson somehow manages.

It was Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spokesman, who once said that if a politician survived 11 days ...