The prime minister leaves – and leaves a country in free fall


Michael Neudecker , London

When Boris Johnson was a correspondent in Brussels, he often locked his office door around four in the afternoon so that nobody would disturb him when he insulted his plant. His colleague at the time, Sonia Purnell, recently said that his office not only had a huge desk, but also a yucca plant. So in the afternoon, as the deadline for the proofs approached, Johnson began yelling at that same plant. Short words, according to Purnell, “real abuse,” bad stuff, then: silence, followed by frantic keyboard clicking.

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