Boris for Mayor?

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.

6 responses to “Boris for Mayor?

  1. One of Livingstone’s key strengths is to insult and offend people. Boris seems his natural successor, the ‘heir to Ken’. Do Londoners really want a useless buffoon representing them? Past experience may well say ‘yes’.But my concern would be that all the things for which you criticise Ken would be doubly so in the case of Boris. The only difference is that while Ken is trying to make London better for poor Londoners, Boris has no empathy for real people. He might understand the needs of the people of Henley, but not the people of Hackney.

  2. One of Livingstone’s key strengths is to insult and offend people. Boris seems his natural successor, the ‘heir to Ken’. Do Londoners really want a useless buffoon representing them? Past experience may well say ‘yes’.But my concern would be that all the things for which you criticise Ken would be doubly so in the case of Boris. The only difference is that while Ken is trying to make London better for poor Londoners, Boris has no empathy for real people. He might understand the needs of the people of Henley, but not the people of Hackney.

  3. Referring to Jimmy’s posting; what’s so special about Hackney? There are vast swathes of London where Livingstone is loathed and detested. I live in Bexley; a Livingstone Free Zone. The only time he has come here is when he is rushed in quickly and out again to avoid local lynch mobs who would cause him problems for the appalling way he treats people locally. He may be loved in Cuba; but not here.What we want in Bexley and in the rest of outer London (and probably most of inner London) is a Mayor that understands us and does not spend all of his time on mad political dogma. That’s why we need Boris. Admittedly, anybody would be better than Ken, even a trained orang-utan, but Boris to my mind would be the ideal Mayor; somebody who is not frightened to say what he thinks and who will not pander to the PC brigade.

  4. Referring to Jimmy’s posting; what’s so special about Hackney? There are vast swathes of London where Livingstone is loathed and detested. I live in Bexley; a Livingstone Free Zone. The only time he has come here is when he is rushed in quickly and out again to avoid local lynch mobs who would cause him problems for the appalling way he treats people locally. He may be loved in Cuba; but not here.What we want in Bexley and in the rest of outer London (and probably most of inner London) is a Mayor that understands us and does not spend all of his time on mad political dogma. That’s why we need Boris. Admittedly, anybody would be better than Ken, even a trained orang-utan, but Boris to my mind would be the ideal Mayor; somebody who is not frightened to say what he thinks and who will not pander to the PC brigade.

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