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Caretaker PM squabbling is playing right into Johnson’s hands

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Theresa May never seemed to appreciate the importance of tempo in politics. She was not good at surprising, disrupting and confusing her opponents. Boris Johnson has learned from her mistakes.

From the moment he started running for the Conservative leadership, he has confounded expectations. Almost the first thing he did was to say that, if he became prime minister, he would take Britain out of the EU, deal or no deal, on 31 October.

At first, it seemed an odd mistake. He can’t possibly guarantee that, I thought: he knows he faces a majority in the House of Commons opposed to any likely deal, and a different majority strongly opposed to leaving without a deal.

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Yet his determination to deliver the undeliverable has scattered his opponents before him. This week saw the vindication of his strategy. It may not last, but the groups arrayed against him in the Commons are squabbling with each other about their failsafe scheme to........

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