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Boris Johnson’s plan is to say, ‘believe in Brexit’, in lots of ways

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Chaotic and unconvincing: Boris Johnson started off as prime minister in the House of Commons as he usually does. Before long, though, he had found his groove. Once he was liberated from his prepared text, he entertained his own side, the press gallery and even some of his opponents with his knockabout comedy routine.

He used his predecessor as his foil. The memory of Theresa May was the straight woman to his boisterous performance. Many Conservative MPs were delighted. We knew that because they told their new leader so. How wonderful it is, they said, to have a sense of optimism and uplift on the front bench. "Gissa job", they didn’t say, but they know that the new prime minister will be making his junior ministerial appointments today.

It was, in truth, refreshing to have a prime minister who can turn a phrase, who so obviously enjoys the cut and thrust of parliamentary........

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