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Illustrations by Michelle Thompson

We’ve all struggled with being confined to our homes for the past year. But what has it been like for Carrie and Boris? Freddy Gray peeks through the keyhole of Britain’s most famous door and discovers cabin fever, opaque political machinations and pets with sinister energy

For all his apparent conviviality, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is a bit of a loner. He doesn’t have a gang in politics in the way that his predecessors Tony Blair or David Cameron did. He doesn’t really do friendships.

His fiancée Carrie Symonds is, by contrast, highly social. She’s a Westminster operator, an iPhone-addict and a party girl. In pandemic-riven 2021, the British elite doesn’t have anything akin to the Chipping Norton Set — that network of political, media and celebrity people which dominated the Britpop-to-Brexit years.

The closest approximation today would be ‘the Carrie Crew’, the pals and allies of the PM’s girlfriend who find themselves growing in influence as the Johnson years go on.

“Rishi's stuck in Number 10 with his two young children, while Carrie and Boris live it large in Number 11 with one baby and a dog”

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“The two of them feel
quite caged up in Downing Street. They get desperate to get away”

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“Never mind those northern “red wall” voters who won the election for him. It’s all about the elite personal trainer now”

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