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Boris Johnson’s email faux pas

Boris Johnson's email faux pas
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When it comes to Boris Johnson's skills as a politician, his particular communication style is regularly cited as a talent that makes him stand out as a leader. He was, after all, an accomplished journalist before stepping into the world of politics. So Mr S was a little surprised by the email that landed in his inbox this morning purporting to be from the Prime Minister.

In it, recipients were invited to join the Prime Minister and Chancellor for an online chat — and encouraged to donate large sums in return for hearing 'never before shared stories from that campaign as well as the unprecedented year that followed, from getting Brexit done to tackling the coronavirus'.

Leaving aside the ethics of sharing stories about a pandemic for cash, it was the invitation’s phrasing that caught Steerpike's eye. Johnson asked supporters to 'join Rishi Sunak and myself' on the anniversary of the party’s election victory.

Whichever CCHQ staffer is behind this basic grammatical mistake, Mr S suspects that they would do well to take a lesson from the man himself...

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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