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Boris Johnson is using culture wars to cement his grip on power. That’s a big risk in angry and divided Britain

Boris Johnson is using culture wars to cement his grip on power. That’s a big risk in angry and divided Britain

London (CNN)Boris Johnson’s having a pretty great spring. The success of the UK Prime Minister’s coronavirus rollout coupled with the fast-approaching end of lockdown undoubtedly played a significant role in his Conservative party exceeding expectations at local elections last week.However, the drift of voters in England to Johnson — including those from areas that had been held for decades by the center-left opposition Labour party — was also the result of a deliberate Conservative effort to become so dominant in England that his unpopularity in the UK’s smaller constituent nations like Scotland and Wales matters less.After his undeniably impressive election win in 2019, a big question was how Johnson would spend the enormous political capital that he’d amassed.

London (CNN)Boris Johnson’s having a pretty great spring. The success of the UK Prime Minister’s coronavirus rollout coupled with the fast-approaching end of lockdown undoubtedly played a significant role in his Conservative party exceeding expectations at local elections last week.However, the drift of voters in England to Johnson — including those from areas that had been held for decades by the center-left opposition Labour party — was also the result of a deliberate Conservative effort to become so dominant in England that his unpopularity in the UK’s smaller constituent nations like Scotland and Wales matters less.After his undeniably impressive election win in 2019, a big question was how Johnson would spend the enormous political capital that he’d amassed.