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Boris Johnson’s two years as Prime Minister: a relaxed relationship with the truth and a disregard for the rules | UK News

Throughout his life and his political career, Boris Johnson believed the rules did not apply to him. And as he celebrates his second birthday as Prime Minister this weekend, it looks like nothing has changed.

It was a claim first made by one of his masters in Eton. And the sight was strengthened as late as last Sunday when he tried to avoid self-isolation after coming into contact with COVID-positive Sajid Javid.

Forced into a humiliating U-turn, Mr Johnson is spending his second birthday as a lone prime minister at Checkers. So no buddies, political buddies or family members to celebrate with him. Or so we are told.

British Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader Boris Johnson drives a Union Flag themed JCB, with the words "Get Brexit Over" inside the excavator bucket, through a false wall with the word "GRIDLOCK", during a general election campaign event at the JCB construction company in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire on December 10, 2019. - Britain will head to the polls on December 12, 2019 to vote in the general election before Christmas.  (Photo by Ben STANSALL / POOL / AFP)
Boris Johnson won 2019 election by pledging to ‘get Brexit done’

But, hey, there are worse places to seclude than the 16th-century Prime Minister’s Mansion of Grace and Favor in the Chilterns, a 1,500-acre hideaway with a tennis court and swimming pool.

Plenty of time for the Prime Minister to reflect on two tumultuous years, even by the standards of his roller coaster life: a second divorce, a third marriage, another child and – of course – narrowly escaping death from COVID.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is greeted by staff on his return to 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to form a new government following the return to power of the Conservative Party in the general election with a increased majority.  Photo by the AP.  Picture date: Friday December 13, 2019. See the election politics of PA history.  Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire
Boris Johnson was greeted by Downing Street staff on his return after winning the 2019 general election with an overwhelming majority of 80

On top of all that, he has imposed three national lockdowns – so far – in England, held 57 coronavirus press conferences in Downing Street and introduced countless draconian rules and restrictions that put him on a collision course with Tory MPs and sparked several major backbench rebellions.

It was after a Brexit war of attrition in its first year in which it closed parliament illegally, expelled 21 rebel Tory MPs, won the Tories’ biggest electoral victory since Margaret Thatcher in 1987 and kept his promise to “make sure Brexit is done”.

President Donald Trump meets with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday, September 24, 2019, in New York.  (AP Photo / Evan Vucci).
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