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Get a grip, Boris, because voters will soon tire of your Micawberish ways

The British prime minister is facing a raft of problems that are not going to go away with administrative improvisation

Martin Ivens

With an eight-point lead in the opinion polls, an 83-seat majority in the House of Commons and economic growth figures for the second quarter revised upwards from 4.8% to 5.5%, what does UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have to fear?

Plenty.

Though the opposition Labour Party requires an enormous swing of more than 10% at the next general election to win outright — the party’s internal rifts were on display during its torrid conference week — the prime minister is not sitting pretty. Johnson could still lose his House of Commons majority if shortages in the shops and at the petrol pumps lead to a loss of confidence in his government’s competence...

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