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Boris Johnson is gambling on the war-on-woke to keep rioting Tories at bay over taxes

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Boris Johnson is a man not used to picking up the tab. During his tenure at the Spectator, he infamously never repaid the interns who bought him coffees and in Downing Street he has tried to palm off the bill for everything from his curtains to Daylesford Organic ready meals.

Before the pandemic, while crucial Cobra meetings were taking place, there were even murmurs that the Prime Minister had holed up in Chequers to finish (or perhaps start) his manuscript on Winston Churchill, for which he was paid a handsome advance sum.

For all his attempts to align himself with the war-time Prime Minister, the two leaders are most alike in their disastrous efforts to manage their personal finances.

But it’s time to pay the piper.

The battle for the Conservative’s fiscal soul was in full swing at the party conference in Manchester.

Only second in line to the praise heaped on the NHS in his keynote address, was a warning from the Prime Minister about the state of the public finances, written with all the bombast of Boris, but with Rishi Sunak breathing down his neck.

“We have a huge hole in the public finances, we spent £407bn on Covid........

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