Boris Johnson prepares a populist offensive to save his skin

Analysis: scandal-tainted PM hopes barrage of right-wing policy plans will provide cover for his greatest escape yet

Boris Johnson’s plan for salvaging his premiership has become increasingly clear: acknowledge a “culture” of drinking in Downing Street – but not that it stemmed from the top – and then change the subject, by announcing a slew of populist policies.

Nadine Dorries’ announcement that the BBC licence fee will be frozen, then abolished, had been in the works for a while; but the timing was highly convenient, giving Tory right-wingers something to cheer as Johnson’s future hangs in the balance.

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