Fintan O’Toole: Johnson’s win gives stable majority to a very unstable character

One important point is parties supporting second referendum won a majority of votes

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street for Buckingham Palace on Friday morning where he is expected to see Queen Elizabeth II and be invited to form a Government. Photograph: PA

British prime minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street for Buckingham Palace on Friday morning where he is expected to see Queen Elizabeth II and be invited to form a Government. Photograph: PA

A line from the old gambler’s lament takes a whole new twist: “Wherever I roll the dice/ The blues run the game.”

Boris Johnson is an opportunist and a gambler. He made a huge, even reckless, bet by deciding to put all his chips on the opportunity to sweep up seats in Labour’s heartlands in the English midlands and north.

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