Boris Johnson has made a career out of the ‘non-denial denial’

Comments should be delivered in a tone of wounded outrage at your integrity being questioned, garnished with a note of accusation, writes Andrew Woodcock

Thursday 29 April 2021 21:30
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F

or the connoisseur of the Westminster art known as the “non-denial denial”, the last few days of politics have been quite a treat.

The tactic involves making an emphatic refutation of something no one is accusing you of, while drawing a veil over the more awkward questions that people would rather like an answer to.

Ideally, the non-denial denial should be delivered in a tone of wounded outrage at your integrity being questioned, garnished with a note of accusation that your opponent should be so mean-minded as to distract you from the far more important issues you want to be focusing on.

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