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Boris Johnson’s leadership launch: what he said – and what he meant

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What Boris Johnson said: It is a measure of the resilience of this country that since the vote to leave the EU and in defiance of all predictions the economy has grown.

What he really meant: It is a measure of my resilience that, three years after wimping out of a bare-knuckle fight with Michael Gove, I stand before you, in a controlled environment, with strict instructions not to depart from my script.

What he said: English football teams have won both the Champions League and the Uefa cup by beating other English football teams.

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What he meant: It’s a bit laddish, my advisers said. The Scots won’t like it, said another. But they wouldn’t let me make jokes about anything else and you have to have a joke at the start.

What he said: At Westminster, parties have entered a yellow-box junction, unable to move forward or back.

What he meant: And I tell you the solution is to use water cannon and a flamethrower to end the gridlock.

What he said: While around the country there is a mood of disillusion, even despair.

What he meant: I am here to tell everyone: cheer up, it may never happen. I mean, it probably will, but if we can’t act the clown as the country goes up in flames, what is the point?

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