Friday January 24, 2020

Johnson‘s path to a landslide win was a masterclass in calculation

Having secured a clear majority in the election, the British prime minister is in a strong position and no longer needs the DUP, the ERG, or anyone else

15th December, 2019
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson will aim to keep voters satisfied. Picture: Getty

Surprise and disappointment characterised the reaction to Boris Johnson’s victory in the general election; yet his win had been entirely predictable for some time.

Beneath his bumbling exterior, Johnson is a smart political operator: wily, calculating and effective. He connects with voters, with his absent-minded, self-effacing style, while at the same time possessing the ruthless cunning of a power-hungry politician who can read the national mood and strategise accordingly.

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