Monday May 25, 2020

Robert Hutton: The aftershocks of a political earthquake

A week certainly is a long time in politics, as Boris Johnson discovered last Thursday morning

3rd July, 2016
Michael Gove scuppered Boris Johnsons prime ministerial ambitions last Thursday Picture: Getty

In three hours last Thursday morning, British politics was turned on its head. Again.

The latest victim of the inferno that has ripped through Westminster for the past seven days was the man most responsible for getting the fire started: Boris Johnson, former mayor of London – and, now, former next prime minister of Britain.

Johnson, who as a child wanted to be “world king”, had positioned himself as the favourite to succeed David Cameron...

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