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Boris Johnson's undignified exit confirms his flawed premiership

Tenure marked by political instability not seen since high inflation 1970s

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Boris Johnson reads a statement outside 10 Downing Street on July 7: He was more interested in holding the great offices of state than achieving a substantial political legacy.   © PA/AP

Lionel Barber is former editor of the Financial Times. He is the author of "The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times."

From his schoolboy days at the elite English private school of Eton College, Boris Johnson has always believed that established rules and conventions do not apply to him.

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