Blog: Brexiteers vanish as Brexit dawn looms | Comment – The Times

Years ago Boris Johnson introduced me to a wonderful expression. It was 2007 and I was working in his parliamentary office. Johnson had been persuaded by his (rather formidable) press officers that it would be a good idea to make the announcement that he was running for London mayor on the pavement outside City Hall; no podium, chairs or formal invitations. A rabble of hacks duly pounced on him in the manner of lions on a gazelle. Though an aide tried to beat them back with her handbag, Johnson was left struggling with his bicycle in the middle of the scrum, imploring the photographers to get back. Returning to the office he collapsed on a sofa, head in hands, declaring that it had been “an

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