Boris Johnson’s Conservatism: an insurrection against political reason?

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Winter 2019
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DOI: 10.3898/SOUN.73.02.2019

Since 2016, a position of intransigent dedication to realising ‘the will of the people’ as expressed in the Brexit referendum has served not only to stiffen the sinews of the faithful but also to disorganise the opposition. Commitment to the popular will trips off the tongue, easily proclaimed by the newly minted tribunes of the people - most of whom, in their previous incarnations, have appeared to countenance little but disdain for the desires of the multitude. How the world changes. This is the point at which Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg enter the frame as self-styled tribunes.

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