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Boris Johnson Cites Lenin, Peppa Pig in Rambling Pitch to Businesses

Boris Johnson in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., on Nov. 22.

Boris Johnson in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., on Nov. 22.

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When the U.K.’s biggest business lobby gathered in a part of the country critical to Boris Johnson’s economic and political plans on Monday, they may have expected the prime minister to at least sound serious.