Love him or loathe him, this is the truth about Boris Johnson

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Love him or loathe him, this is the truth about Boris Johnson

Charming and charismatic or narcissistic and crass? Whatever you think of him, he's certainly made his mark - and the occasional stain

Camilla Tominey

His harshest critics describe him as a “buffoon” unfit for office thanks to his lies, philandering and misjudged gaffes. Dubbed the “Marmite” candidate, Boris Johnson is loved and loathed in equal measure – revered as a national treasure by his friends, and reviled as a national embarrassment by his enemies.

Thanks to his “letter box” comment about niqab-wearing Muslim women and his inappropriate remarks about homosexuals and Scots, in recent months the charge sheet against Johnson has been extended to include “racist” and “homophobe” by those determined to halt his seemingly inevitable march on No 10.

Yet, as one of the most recognised politicians in modern history, likened to “Heineken” by Tory grassroots for reaching the parts others can’t, Johnson’s complex political legacy arguably deserves closer analysis than some of the lazy caricatures allow...

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