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Boris Johnson among a long line of journalists turned politicians – but here’s why it doesn’t always end well

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Artist Derek Hill's portrait of former Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald, who wrote for The Economist and other publications

Artist Derek Hill's portrait of former Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald, who wrote for The Economist and other publications

Artist Derek Hill's portrait of former Taoiseach Dr Garret FitzGerald, who wrote for The Economist and other publications

Boris Johnson came to high political office via journalism – and probably sooner rather than later he will head back there.

These days, it’s not a huge phenomenon on this island, but if you spool back a little you’ll find it’s a more common combination than you would think, although the results of this strange journalist-to-politico blend are “mixed” at best.


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