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Boris Johnson likes to play up to the perception of him as a buffoon, but you don't have to dig too deep to reveal the prime ministerial pretender beneath, writes Jonathan O'Brien.

24th March, 2012
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'Were a list to be compiled of all Johnson's gaffes down the years, the Sinn Féin one wouldn't even graze the top 20'.

Boris Johnson laid it on gruesomely thick during his address to the London St Patrick's Day parade last weekend, congratulating the Irish nation on everything from Providence's discovery of oil off the coast of Cork to Synchronised's Cheltenham Gold Cup triumph.

Nearly 200,000 people of Irish descent live in the greater London area, and their mayor clearly felt he had a fair bit of buttering-up to do if he was going to get even a...

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