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With Johnson clearly hiding from scrutiny, even diehard fans may start to have doubts

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24.06.2019

Cowardly, untrustworthy, disrespectful, unmanly, slinking into office through the back door. Thus did Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt describe his rival Boris Johnson. And that, as the historian Edward Gibbon said of a dodgy pope, was Hunt declining to mention “the most scandalous charges”.

A nocturnal spat, supposedly over a wine stain, between Johnson and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, in a Camberwell flat, is of no public concern, merely public fascination. Downing Street has no nosy neighbours. But as Michael Gove discovered over cocaine, when standing for public office you cannot pick and choose what interests the public. Unfairness is part of the game. It is for others to judge whether Johnson’s screaming fits with his partner in love augur well or ill for his partners in office.

More to the point is Hunt’s prime charge. Johnson is clearly hiding from scrutiny. Since he cannot qualify as prime........

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