Never thought that I would write those words down and think that they might actually be taken seriously. But now that the possibility that Boris could run exists I suppose I ought to have a proper think about it, let’s look at the qualities a sucessful candidate should have.
He should be well known and much loved. One of the regular comments that I hear is that the Conservatives need a “big name” to take on Livingstone, Boris has got one of the highest profile names in the party.
He should be a Conservative. There have been a number of names floating around who aren’t Conservatives in any universe that I’m familiar with.
But not too much of a Conservative. One of Livingstone’s greatest feats was to disassociate himself from the negative feelings that many people had about the Labour party. Boris has the ability to reach beyond our current group of supporters.
Needs to be able to win. I have written before that once Livingstone is put under the microscope his air of invulnerability will disappear, Boris’ natural positiveness will highlight what a grumpy negative man Livinstone is.
He could run London government. This will be the toughest job for him. As I said people love Boris, Kitcheneresque posters of Boris adorn student walls, people look forward to his TV appearances but this is not Hartlepool, no monkey mayors here. If he wishes to win Boris will have to show more of the razor sharp intellect that he undoubtedly possesses, more grit, more seriousness and a genuine willingness to take on Livingstone.
I think that he has it in him and I would love to work alongside him.