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Boris is back! But that doesn’t mean Partygate PM is off the hook

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Boris is back! But that doesn’t mean Partygate PM is off the hook

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the debate in British politics, postponing Boris Johnson’s reckoning

Therese Raphael

You know Boris Johnson is back in the saddle when the one-liners come thick and fast. A little more than a month ago, it would have been impossible to imagine the UK prime minister, then hanging onto his job by his fingernails, yucking it up with Tory MPs over a lavish dinner in central London. 

But Johnson now feels secure enough to crack jokes about the attempts to oust him, reportedly telling Conservative lawmakers that he is “more popular in Kyiv than Kensington”. The quip was both self-mockery and a sharp reminder to MPs that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the world’s most admired public figure right now, has singled out his relationship with Johnson for praise. 

That the prime minister is able to wine and dine his colleagues, even while there is an ongoing investigation into a series of lockdown parties at Downing Street, says a lot about how Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has changed the debate in British politics...

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