Boris Johnson's lies worked for years, until they didn't

The soon-to-be-ex prime minister has a history of of acting as if he believes himself to be exempt from the normal rules of behavior. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON (NYTIMES) - After a lifetime of swaggering and dissembling his way through one scandal after another on the strength of his prodigious political skills - a potent mix of charm, guile, ruthlessness, hubris, oratorical dexterity and rumpled Wodehousian bluster - Boris Johnson has finally reached the end. It seems that the laws of gravity apply to him after all.

It's not that he ever fooled anyone about who he really was. Over the years, he has routinely been described as mendacious, irresponsible, reckless and lacking any coherent philosophy other than wanting to seize and hold on to power.

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