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Boris Johnson in any normal scenario would be the perfect candidate to deliver a conference speech. He loves a crowd of supporters more than anyone, and knows how to work the room better than everyone.
But this year, despite his deft criticism of Labour, classic Johnson quips, and the general ease with which he brought the audience along with him, something felt off. Mired by personal controversies, under pressure to deliver the seemingly undeliverable Brexit, under fire from his parliamentary colleagues for his careless language, and the supreme court ruling against him, his levity felt misplaced.