Rishi Sunak cannot become a statesman if he remains a Brexiter

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A friend who has always shared my distrust of Boris Johnson said to me recently that he had at least hoped our prime minister would “grow into the job”.

Alas, as even former supporters – not least those who made the historic mistake of electing him leader – acknowledge, Johnson has not grown into the job. Day by day, he has grown out of it.

Life for the prime minister has until recently been a series of japes. As PG Wodehouse wrote in Hot Water (which I recommend as splendid light relief from the daily horrors of Covid and Brexit): “If it is true that the Hour produces the Man, it is also true that it

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