Some of the examples of Boris’ “hard right wing” views were pretty weak, even on casual examination but Andrew has dug up the actual quotes that Boris made and printed them in full. It completely undermines the core point that Compass made.
Here are a few examples:
They said: Johnson “is a hard-line Right-winger … by far the most Right-wing candidate ever to be presented by a major party for Mayor of London.”
The truth is: In each of the Tory leadership contests since he became an MP, Johnson has voted for the most Left-wing of the candidates: Kenneth Clarke in 2001 and David Cameron in 2005. Johnson describes the Tory Right as “revolutionary defeatists”, the party’s “Kamikaze movement” and the “lemming tendency” and has said: “I like this stuff about there being a ‘we’ as well as a ‘me’ in politics … Toryism is not about one section of society grinding the faces of another … if we want to encourage people to win – as we do – then we must be prepared to look after the losers. We’re all in this together.”
What they said he said: “Not only did I want Bush to win, but we threw the entire weight of The Spectator behind him.”
What he said: As the use of the past tense might suggest, this is actually an extract from a piece in which Johnson bitterly regrets his support for Bush, describing him as a “cross-eyed warmonger” and “serially incompetent … maniac” whose re-election was “the most dismal awakening of my life”.
The list goes on.
Londoners will have the chance to chose our candidate for Mayor of London, they will then have the chance to compare that candidate against Ken Livingstone. It is called democracy.
Why are the left wingers so scared of it?
I wonder if there is a word for the act of writing things about someone which you know to be untrue and which will cause loss or damage to the person written about?