Saturday, 5 May 2012

Next stop Number 10 for Boris Johnson?

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Looking at press comment today about Boris Johnson's retaining the London mayoralty for the Tories, I see broad strands of agreement across the political spectrum.
There is recognition of the scale of the blond wonder's achievement. To have pulled off any sized victory, as the rest of the capital swung towards Labour, was nothing short of dazzling.
Johnson was fortunate in Labour's poor choice of opponent but let's no dwell on Ken Livingstone's shortcomings now that thankfully he is history.
The word that keeps surfacing to describe the Mayor's appeal is "authenticity". Whether its actually genuine or stage managed, Londoners warm to Johnson's "what you see is what you get" public persona.
What would be weaknesses in almost any other politician - ex-public school toff, buffoonery, gaffes, extramarital flings - seem only to add to the man's charisma. Occasions, for example, during the campaign when he was driven to swear did his image no harm at all.
Commentators agree Johnson has more clout among rank and file Tories than does the Prime Minister himself.
Johnson's ambition, it is said, could see him challenge George Osborne to succeed David Cameron as PM. The prospect of the clown prince entering Number 10, however, is a cause for mirth rather than serious consideration.
Several writers can't see Johnson in charge of the UK's nuclear arsenal. One suggested Boris might push the button just to see if it worked; another was concerned he might accidentally drop his rucksack on it.
But Johnson has been serially underestimated across the years. If he has four good years in City Hall, he might just emerge as a contender for the biggest job in politics.

1 comment:

  1. Apparently more men than not would trust Cameron with their wife, but not Johnson. Livingstone was also a maverick. But it is now over for him.

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