Magazine October 29, 2018, Issue

A Joker on Downing Street?

Boris Johnson, July 2018 (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
In the dawn of Brexit, Brits could take a chance on Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, who resigned as Britain’s foreign secretary over the terms of Brexit in July, is a “politics genius,” “a future prime minister,” “a devil,” and “essentially a pagan,” according to those who know him well in Westminster and Washington, D.C. But when I asked him at the American Enterprise Institute dinner last month what the most noteworthy thing about him was, he answered with a wry — perhaps Churchillian? — smile, “I’m immensely physically strong.”

Less than 24 hours before the dinner at which Johnson was being honored by several thousand guests, I was in London, in Kentish Town,

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