Winning smile: Boris Johnson triumphs because he takes it on the ...

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Winning smile: Boris Johnson triumphs because he takes it on the grin

Look at the footage of Theresa May with world leaders: compare and contrast with her successor

Gyles Brandreth

Have you noticed how Boris Johnson is always smiling? Meeting Macron or Merkel, breakfasting with Trump in Biarritz, entertaining schoolchildren at No 10, he is beaming all the while.

Even when being earnestly quizzed by beetle-browed political correspondents desperately channelling the prorogation outrage, there is an impish grin playing around the British prime minister’s mouth as he offers his genial replies.

That’s why he is going to win this thing – and the election that follows it. His smile is his secret weapon...

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