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Boris Johnson’s Steve Bannon connection could cost him severely

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If Boris Johnson spent Saturday in a panic about a tape, he was sweating about the wrong one. The recording of domestic events in Camberwell still hasn’t reached the public domain. For that, he will be thankful.

But an earlier video has, and its implications go deeper than a lively exchange of opinions about wine stains and ballistic laptops.

This one stars Steve Bannon, spearhead of the neo-fascistic movement delicately euphemised as “the alt-right”.

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Three years after deliberately engineering a political upset by overseeing Donald Trump’s campaign, is Bannon inadvertently about to repeat the trick on behalf of Jeremy Hunt?

In a world on nodding terms with decency, he would. In that utopia, a recording of Bannon discussing his working relationship with Johnson would end this kamikaze mission few miles short of Downing Street.

Pressed about Bannon last summer, Johnson did what comes naturally. He lied with the brazen confidence of the habitual liar who has been caught lying time and again, and survived.

He lied by inventing a quote as a novice hack on The Times, and was dismissed. He lied as a shadow minister, and was dismissed. He lied about what a British national was doing in Iran, and dismissed it as irrelevant to her extended captivity.

If the Stupid Party was willing to blind........

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