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The last prime minister of the United Kingdom

By Gwynne Dyer      

There’s rather a lot at stake, including the 300-year-old union, and the man in charge is the farthest thing imaginable from a safe pair of hands. 'Boris is the life and soul of the party, but he’s not the man you want to drive you home at the end of the evening,' as Energy Minister Amber Rudd put it recently.

Here comes trouble: It has been suggested that Boris Johnson, who becomes the prime minister of the United Kingdom last week, is what you would get if Donald Trump had been educated at Eton and Oxford. Maybe, although there is a great gulf between Trump’s bombastic self-promotion and Johnson’s self-deprecating, rather shambolic persona, writes Gwynne Dyer. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

LONDON, U.K.—It has been suggested that Boris Johnson (who became the prime minister of the United Kingdom last week) is what you would get if Donald Trump had been educated at Eton and Oxford. Maybe, although there is a great gulf between Trump’s bombastic self-promotion and Johnson’s self-deprecating, rather shambolic persona.

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