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‘Teflon’ Johnson May Not Shake Off This Crisis

Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place of the Houses of Parliament, in London.

Big Ben at the Palace of Westminster, the meeting place of the Houses of Parliament, in London.

Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson has faced growing pressure over his leadership as UK prime minister for months. So when Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak dramatically resigned within minutes of each other late yesterday, many thought it was game over.

Yet Johnson, whose nicknames include “Teflon” and the “greased piglet,” clings on to power. He swiftly replaced the two men, promoting Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to Chancellor — who wasted no time in hinting at tax cuts in media interviews, red meat to Conservative Party members.