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Congratulations to the person running the country, on the birth of a bouncing baby.

Congratulations must also go to the husband of Carrie Johnson, Boris. What a week it has been for the current (big emphasis on current) Tory leader. He has had such an intense time of it that his colleagues in the Commons may be about to suggest he takes extended paternity leave from the position of Prime Minister. Why not extend it forever? Is it that bad? In short, yes. To paraphrase, or misquote, Boris’s hero Winston Churchill, in the Johnson premiership this is not the end of the beginning. We are at the beginning of the end.