Considering it's Johnson, he probably didn't know, lol. As for the press, there are left wing and right wing press, and trying to pretend it only goes one way isn't a smart thing to do, it just says what your own political bent is.
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If he didn't know then he's incompetent and shouldn't be in the job.
Oh, this myth again. Among the mainstream press in the UK, the top ten UK newspapers by circulatrion numbers are:
1) The Sun
2) The Sun on Sunday
3) Daily Mail
4) Mail on Sunday
6) The Sunday Times
7) News-London Evening Standard
8) Daily Mirror
9) The Times
10) Daily Telegraph
So unless I'm mistaken, that's nine of the top ten papers being right of centre (some extremely right of centre), and one left of centre. Below those with increasingly lower circulation there is the Centre Left Observer Sunday Mirrror and Guardian. You could count the Socialist Worker, the Morning Star, The Socialist and Solidarity, but their circulations are down with local rags and harly have any influence on any of the major parties or their performances.
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