Alas, poor Boris: PM’s go-to word for delivering bad news

‘Alas’ was said more than 80 times in House of Commons in November 2020, more than any other month since 1800

It is the word the prime minister turns to when he is about to deliver bad news. And it’s become the signal for the rest of us to brace ourselves.

Alas, it seems, is the word poor Boris knows all too well.

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