In the court of King Boris, only one thing is certain: this will all end badly | Rafael Behr

In the court of King Boris, only one thing is certain: this will all end badly  | Rafael Behr

The Guardian

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Brexit, Covid and the prime minister’s character add up to a triple whammy that has upended the old ways of doing politics

Instead of a cabinet, Britain has courtiers. In place of a prime minister, there is a potentate. The traditional structures still exist, but as tributes to an obsolescent way of governing. There are still secretaries of state. But their place in the formal, constitutional hierarchy has little bearing on real power, which swirls in an unstable vortex of advisers and officials vying for proximity to Boris Johnson’s throne.

The product of this arrangement is the acrid stew of scandal leaking out of Downing Street – a mixture of financial irregularities, reckless statecraft and vendetta, some of it involving the prime minister’s fiancee, just to complete the impression of Byzantine intrigue.

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