Rosemary Righter

Rosemary Righter is a former chief leader writer at The Times, specialising in international politics and economics. She has lived in Hong Kong, where she was assistant editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and then worked for Newsweek, and in Paris - her 'first city' - where she exposed Unesco's assault on press freedom. Her other books include Utopia Lost, an anatomy of the United Nations. She now divides her time between London and Italy, with her husband the distinguished China scholar Robert Elegant.

Boris’s secret is not treating the electorate like depressing raw material