How Boris Johnson’s looseness with the truth infected the government

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LONDON — The person at the top sets the tone — and Boris Johnson’s loose relationship with the truth is starting to trickle down.

For weeks the U.K. government has been gripped by a scandal about whether parties were held in the prime ministerial Downing Street residence amid the pandemic, and whether Johnson knew those parties breached the lockdown rules he himself set. 

The PM and his aides insist he had no idea that rules might have been broken. It could be a resignation matter if he did.

When reports of parties first emerged, Downing Street aides sought to obfuscate with claims

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