Boris Johnson would like us to believe that he is well-versed in the words of Shakespeare. Rumour even has it that the Prime Minister was busy writing a six-years-in-the-making book on the iconic playwright’s work instead of attending Cobra meetings in the early days of the pandemic.

Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius, in which Johnson sets out to “examine the psychology of Shakespeare’s characters” and “celebrate the playwright’s appreciation of women”, earned Johnson a cool £88,000 advance. Yet, one has to wonder, has the Prime Minister actually read Shakespeare?