Shifty shades of May: Boris Johnson dodges voters in week of election pain

Amid Tory gaffes galore, the prime minister, like his predecessor, does not appear keen to meet the public

Boris Johnson’s outriders used to boast during the 2016 referendum that unlike David Cameron, whose slick campaign events were carefully controlled, their man actually enjoyed the rough and tumble of getting off the Vote Leave bus and in among the public.

But at the end of this first gaffe-strewn week of the general election campaign, the prime minister has barely met a voter – aside from the Northern Irish manufacturers he addressed in a rambling speech on Thursday evening, during which he appeared to misconstrue his own Brexit deal.

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