Backing Boris

Those of you who have been living on the moon for the last few weeks my not be aware that Boris Johnson is putting himself forward to be the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London.

There are others in the race, Andrew Boff, Warwick Lightfoot and Victoria Borwick.  All of them with the ability to run London better than Livingstone, but I feel that Boris has not only the capability to improve London government dramatically but also to beat Livingstone.

If the volume of Boris bashing coming from Livingstone’s supporters is anything to go by he believes this too.

Everyone is aware of the caricature of Boris but today’s speech shows that he has thought long and hard not just about London’s problems but about the solutions to those problems.  I felt that it also highlighted the passion that he has for the job.

14 responses to “Backing Boris

  1. I think you’ll find the reason there are so many people bashing Boris is not because they are Livingstone supporters, but because Boris is a divisive figure. You either love him or hate him – pretty much like Ken.Ken did manage to withstand plenty of bashing from the same people in the Labour party who now think he is one of the greatest politicians this country has ever known.What London really needs is somebody who can unite Londoners, not divide them. Neither Boris nor Ken can do this and instead they spend their time saying stupid things and offending everybody. There is no difference between Boris and Ken other than their class backgrounds.

  2. I think you’ll find the reason there are so many people bashing Boris is not because they are Livingstone supporters, but because Boris is a divisive figure. You either love him or hate him – pretty much like Ken.Ken did manage to withstand plenty of bashing from the same people in the Labour party who now think he is one of the greatest politicians this country has ever known.What London really needs is somebody who can unite Londoners, not divide them. Neither Boris nor Ken can do this and instead they spend their time saying stupid things and offending everybody. There is no difference between Boris and Ken other than their class backgrounds.

  3. Boris Johnson has made so many U turns and contradictions in his statement launching his campaign for Mayor of London that it is no wonder he has such a clearly well merited record for ‘buffoonery’ – managerial and policy incompetence.Boris Johnson now states that he will not get rid of the congestion charge, while previously he totally opposed it, writing: “In these dark days of the New Labour tyranny, when the maniac Ken Livingstone is charging you an extra £1,200 for the privilege of using the Queen’s highway”. (Life in the Fast Lane p185)He now claims ‘I will be the greenest Mayor, far greener than Ken.’ (Evening Standard 3 September). A claim that is ridiculous given than he opposes even the Kyoto treaty on climate change: ‘But of all the tough-guy acts that Bush has performed in his first few months, of all the pieces of exuberant Reaganism, nothing has so intoxicated the world with hate as his decision to scrumple up the Kyoto protocol and use if for putting practice in the White House… ‘Because we still need a rich, confident America; not just to provide the cash for the global military leadership that the United States has to give from the Gulf to Kosovo, but also to keep the world economy moving…. If America were to meet its Kyoto targets now, it would require a cut of 30 per cent in emissions, and how, exactly, is that supposed to work in the current economic downturn…. It would exacerbate the recession, and when Bush says no, he is doing what is right not just for America but for the world.’ (Lend Me Your Ears p318) He now declares that he strongly supports Crossrail, London’s most vital transport project, but he failed to participate in the vote on it in Parliament.He strongly supported the Iraq war before deciding later to change his position – after tens of thousands of people were dead.He supported the election of George W Bush in 2000 and his re-election in 2004 – now he thinks it was a mistakeLondon has no need of a Mayor who takes wrong decisions and then has to change them, but one who takes the right decisions at the time they need to be made – as Ken when he supported Kyoto, opposed the Iraq War, supported congestion charging.Boris Johnson is not simply extremely right wing. He is also incompetent.

  4. Boris Johnson has made so many U turns and contradictions in his statement launching his campaign for Mayor of London that it is no wonder he has such a clearly well merited record for ‘buffoonery’ – managerial and policy incompetence.Boris Johnson now states that he will not get rid of the congestion charge, while previously he totally opposed it, writing: “In these dark days of the New Labour tyranny, when the maniac Ken Livingstone is charging you an extra £1,200 for the privilege of using the Queen’s highway”. (Life in the Fast Lane p185)He now claims ‘I will be the greenest Mayor, far greener than Ken.’ (Evening Standard 3 September). A claim that is ridiculous given than he opposes even the Kyoto treaty on climate change: ‘But of all the tough-guy acts that Bush has performed in his first few months, of all the pieces of exuberant Reaganism, nothing has so intoxicated the world with hate as his decision to scrumple up the Kyoto protocol and use if for putting practice in the White House… ‘Because we still need a rich, confident America; not just to provide the cash for the global military leadership that the United States has to give from the Gulf to Kosovo, but also to keep the world economy moving…. If America were to meet its Kyoto targets now, it would require a cut of 30 per cent in emissions, and how, exactly, is that supposed to work in the current economic downturn…. It would exacerbate the recession, and when Bush says no, he is doing what is right not just for America but for the world.’ (Lend Me Your Ears p318) He now declares that he strongly supports Crossrail, London’s most vital transport project, but he failed to participate in the vote on it in Parliament.He strongly supported the Iraq war before deciding later to change his position – after tens of thousands of people were dead.He supported the election of George W Bush in 2000 and his re-election in 2004 – now he thinks it was a mistakeLondon has no need of a Mayor who takes wrong decisions and then has to change them, but one who takes the right decisions at the time they need to be made – as Ken when he supported Kyoto, opposed the Iraq War, supported congestion charging.Boris Johnson is not simply extremely right wing. He is also incompetent.

  5. Maybe all this criticism of racist Boris is just the Labour Party’s way of offering him a job as a special adviser.It appears I was completely wrong about < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2007/03/patrick-mercers-resignation.html" REL="nofollow">Patrick Mercer<>. when he was forced off the shadow front bench I assumed that this type of racist language had no place in modern politics, but now it appears to be the standard for mayors/candidates for mayor and < HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6975708.stm" REL="nofollow">advisers to Brown<>.A few years ago Islamophobia became politically acceptable, now it is widening out so that any racism can be excused. It was only a matter of time.

  6. Maybe all this criticism of racist Boris is just the Labour Party’s way of offering him a job as a special adviser.It appears I was completely wrong about < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2007/03/patrick-mercers-resignation.html" REL="nofollow">Patrick Mercer<>. when he was forced off the shadow front bench I assumed that this type of racist language had no place in modern politics, but now it appears to be the standard for mayors/candidates for mayor and < HREF="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6975708.stm" REL="nofollow">advisers to Brown<>.A few years ago Islamophobia became politically acceptable, now it is widening out so that any racism can be excused. It was only a matter of time.

  7. I am, and always will be, a Tory and I would happily strangle Ken Livingstone with my own hands. But I could not vote for Boris Johnson. Jimmy is spot on when he says that Boris is a divisive candidate. That this is true may well be partly the fault of the media and Livinsgton’s appalling smear campaign and so outside of Boris’ control, but it is true nonetheless.Londoners form a sophisticated electorate that is difficult to penetrate. Livingstone’s core vote of immigrants, public sector workers and air-head students will always vote for him (or A N Other Labour candidate) and the rest of the electorate don’t want to vote for an Etonian toff any more than they want to vote for a anti-semitic Marxist. Boris will pick up most of the “Tory at any cost” vote, but not many others.Boris may well be a “heavyweight” candidate, but he is also a comic one. It is a tragedy for Londoners that no one with any real gravitas or electoral appeal is able to put themselves forward. What kind of message is sent by fielding a candidate who seems to be expecting people to vote for him simply because he’s famous and makes them laugh (whether with him or at him)?

  8. I am, and always will be, a Tory and I would happily strangle Ken Livingstone with my own hands. But I could not vote for Boris Johnson. Jimmy is spot on when he says that Boris is a divisive candidate. That this is true may well be partly the fault of the media and Livinsgton’s appalling smear campaign and so outside of Boris’ control, but it is true nonetheless.Londoners form a sophisticated electorate that is difficult to penetrate. Livingstone’s core vote of immigrants, public sector workers and air-head students will always vote for him (or A N Other Labour candidate) and the rest of the electorate don’t want to vote for an Etonian toff any more than they want to vote for a anti-semitic Marxist. Boris will pick up most of the “Tory at any cost” vote, but not many others.Boris may well be a “heavyweight” candidate, but he is also a comic one. It is a tragedy for Londoners that no one with any real gravitas or electoral appeal is able to put themselves forward. What kind of message is sent by fielding a candidate who seems to be expecting people to vote for him simply because he’s famous and makes them laugh (whether with him or at him)?

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