The one thing you can rely upon is that he will let you down and he comes with a lot of baggage. Any moderate person looking at his track record over many, many years there is a long list of things in which he didn’t deliver on, or he avoided battle. You always get the impression of Boris that at the first sound of gun fire Boris has got the last plane out as it were.
It may be that the only people who can succeed as modern leaders and prime ministers of political parties have to have complex personalities, and be able to, not so much as lie, but to dissemble.
24 November 2019 – Keith Simpson, Conservative MP from 1997 to 2019 and military historian