The Perfect Storm of Brexit and Corona Boris Johnson's Failures Add Up to Eroding Trust

Boris Johnson thought he could handle Brexit and believed British exceptionalism would protect the country from the coronavirus. He was wrong on both counts.
By Jörg Schindler in London
Prime Minister Boris Johnson: "A new act in our great national drama."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson: "A new act in our great national drama."

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Brexiteers on the day the country left the EU: Even many conservatives considered Johnson to be an egomaniacal lightweight.

Brexiteers on the day the country left the EU: Even many conservatives considered Johnson to be an egomaniacal lightweight.

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First responders in Southampton: "Our aim is to build up some kind of herd immunity."

First responders in Southampton: "Our aim is to build up some kind of herd immunity."

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