In 2019, on Boris Johnson’s ascension to the leadership the Tory Party, in a piece entitled “Boris the columnist may regret he went into politics,” I wrote that Johnson’s journalistic career had been fired along by “lots of Big Opinions, peripatetic mental rhythms and silly, basically unserious takes on current affairs.” Being PM is different, I argued, and a project that would test, perhaps break, Johnson’s merrie England journalistic persona.