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Norman Baker: I worked with Boris up close. He really is as self-serving and incompetent as he seems

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‘He has been a disaster’. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

This week we learned of the death at 99 of Peter Carington, the Old Etonian Conservative foreign secretary who resigned after the Argentinian invasion of the Falklands in 1982. Not because it was his fault, but because he believed that honour demanded that the man at the top of the tree should take responsibility.

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What a contrast with the shabby self-serving resignation this week of that other Old Etonian Conservative foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, for whom the word honour is an alien concept.

Boris has one motivation

It is astonishing just how far you can get in Britain with the right background, a buffoonish appearance, a creative turn of phrase and a capacity to make people laugh. But the jokes long ago wore thin as more and more came to realise that the bumbling facade was just a clever construct to hide the moral vacuum inside.

To understand Boris Johnson it is only necessary to understand one thing: he aches to be Prime Minister and doesn’t care what he has to say or do, it doesn’t matter what damage is done to his party or his country in the process, if only he can get to No 10.

‘He was lazy and petulant. What worked did so in spite of Boris, not because of him’

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