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The letter was written by Martin Hammond, Mr Johnson’s former classics master, to his father, Stanley Johnson in 1982. Mr Hammond claimed that Johnson believed he “should be free from the web of obligations that binds everyone”.

He also blamed the 17-year-old for appearing ‘offended when he was criticized for what amounts to a flagrant disregard of his responsibilities’.

It comes as the Johnson government has been criticized for appearing to have one rule for itself and another for everyone else.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Downing Street staff were invited to an aperitif in the garden of Number 10 – at the height of lockdown in May 2020 – to “make the most of the good weather”.

Less than an hour before the aperitif, the then Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, had reminded the public that only two should meet in the open air.

Speaking at a coronavirus press briefing, he said: “You can meet someone from outside your household in an outdoor public place as long as you stay two meters apart.

In the letter, obtained by author Andrew Gimsom, Mr Hammond said: “Boris has truly taken a disgracefully cavalier attitude in his classical studies.

“[He] sometimes seems offended when criticized for what amounts to a blatant disregard for his responsibilities (and surprised at the same time that he was not named school captain for the following half).

“I think he honestly believes it’s rude of us not to see him as an exception, someone who should be free from the web of obligations that binds everyone together.”

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Speaking at a coronavirus press briefing, he said: ‘You can meet someone from outside your household in an outdoor public place as long as you stay two meters apart.

Yesterday Mr Johnson admitted the revelation may lead people to believe that ‘in Downing Street itself the rules are not being followed correctly by the people who make the rules’.

He said: “I want to apologise. I know millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the past 18 months.

“I know the anguish they went through – unable to mourn their loved ones, unable to live their lives the way they want or do the things they love.

“I know the rage they feel towards me and the government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being followed properly by the people who make the rules.

“And while I can’t anticipate the findings of the ongoing investigation, I’ve learned enough to know that there were things we just didn’t do well and I have to take responsibility for that. .”

Mr Johnson was called upon to step down by four Tory MPs and Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross.

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