/What will Boris Johnson do next? None of us knows and neither, I suspect, does he

What will Boris Johnson do next? None of us knows and neither, I suspect, does he

December 22 2019, 12:01am, The Sunday Times

It is a truth not yet universally acknowledged that a government in possession of a good parliamentary majority must be in want of something to do. If Boris Johnson is even halfway successful in removing European affairs from the headlines and leaving Brexit to the technocrats, it is worth considering how else he plans to occupy his MPs.

There will always be the bread and butter issues of health, education and law and order, but the government plans unveiled last week are much more ambitious than that. The key word is “reform”, used more than 40 times in the bundle of briefing notes provided by the government to explain the Queen’s speech.

Boris Johnson and his advisers are well aware of the dangers of idleness —…

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