OVER the years, I’ve met or interviewed Boris Johnson many times — but this meeting was like no other.
Not only were we forced to sit far apart for social distancing, but it’s clear his brush with death has left him a changed man.
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His trademark bounce and optimism are still much in evidence.
But he has emerged from the life-changing events of the past few weeks as a much more complex figure.
Boris 2.0 is a man who no longer feels the need to play to the crowd.
In just a few short weeks, he has had more thrown at him than most politicians experience in a lifetime.
His face betrays a mixture of terror, exhaustion and joy. But most of all relief.
Within a month he has come close to death and recovered quickly enough to witness the birth of his son.
It remains to be seen whether contemplating his own mortality will be a galvanising moment that makes him a great Prime Minister.
But it was clear from the look in his eyes that the events of the past month have already had a marked effect.
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