Boldly Break the Rules

Boris Johnson’s popularity stems from boldly breaking the rules. When he insists that he spends his spare time making buses out of wine crates and painting them, he isn’t trying to convince you. The glimmer in his eye tells you that he is playing, and doesn’t care that it’s obvious. The rule he breaks is not so much that he lies, but that he doesn’t care that his audience knows he is lying.

This is one way to explain Johnson’s Teflon character. When he tried to illegally shut down parliament to force Brexit through, he suffered no fall in support. Why? Because the appearance of breaking…