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Boris Johnson’s victory speech: what he said – and what he meant

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What Boris Johnson said: I want to begin by thanking my opponent, Jeremy, by common consent an absolutely formidable campaigner. You’ve been friendly, you’ve good natured, you’ve been a font of excellent ideas, all of which I propose to steal forthwith.

What he really meant: Gracious towards weak opponent manoeuvred into position by my fixers to avoid a confrontation with Traitor Gove: tick.

What he said: Above all I want to thank our outgoing leader, Theresa May, for her extraordinary service to this party and to this country.

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What he meant: Gracious towards outgoing useless leader who has wasted the past three years: tick.

What he said: It was a privilege to serve in her cabinet and to see the passion and determination she brought to the many causes that are her legacy, from equal pay for men and women to tackling the problems of mental health and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.

What he meant: Win bet with team that I could praise her record better than she could herself – with a straight face: tick.

What he said: I know that there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of the result. And there will be people here who will wonder quite what they have done.

What he meant: Self-deprecation with a hint of........

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