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Jakarta Post

Boris Johnson: Optimism after a decade of austerity

  • Andrew Wigley


London   /   Thu, July 25, 2019   /  06:12 pm
Boris Johnson: Optimism after a decade of austerity Frontrunner: Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is running to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, leaves his home in London, England. (Reuters/Hannah McKay)

The election by Conservative Party members of Boris Johnson as their leader and prime minister amounts to more a coronation than an election. Cometh the hour, cometh the man as the British would say. For while there are many who are not Johnson fans, his ascendancy captures a prevailing sentiment in today’s Britain and speaks to the direction of politics internationally. BoJo, as the British media have dubbed him, is an entertainer as much as he is a politician. His style is to conflate the two professions which has helped him to reach audiences and build profile that few other modern politicians are able to do. Since 2012 the polls have consistently reported that he is the most popular politician in the United Kingdom, with voters being drawn by his humor and idiosyncratic style. His career started in journalism where he quickly made a name for himself producing &ldquo...

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