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Don’t be fooled by Boris the bamboozler – he will be ready for his star Covid inquiry turn

Johnson will put up a beguiling performance, we can be sure, writes his biographer, Anthony Seldon. Expect some carefully calculated contrition, wit and self-deprecation – and a forensic response prepared by some of the best lawyers in the land

Tuesday 05 December 2023 17:56 GMT
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<p>The former prime minister will face the Covid inquiry panel later this week </p>

The former prime minister will face the Covid inquiry panel later this week

Boris Johnson, we are told, has spent up to a year preparing in meticulous detail for his defence before the Covid inquiry.

I can understand that: it’s a serious deal – and the accusations against him already levelled by witnesses are heavy. Never before has a prime minister been accused of such callousness – nor such a cavalier attitude to his job of leading the nation.

If Johnson had spent a fraction of the time that he’s now putting into saving his bacon caring for his herd of 65 million during the Covid crisis, far better outcomes would have occurred – and many more people today would still be alive.

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