Boris the MP

JoeCivvie

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From what I can see from a distance, Old Boris seems to have made a reasonable job or running London.
 

Themanwho

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In comparison to the other runners and riders to succeed Cameron, he's the natural choice as a vote winner. He has charisma, intelligence and charm. You may not like him (many don't), but he's the coming man.
 

Glad_its_all_over

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I've met him a few times, including in a slightly social context. He's the real deal - brain like a steel trap, hugely charismatic and utterly, utterly ruthless. He'd be a great PM, not least because, while normal people like him (and Londoners generally, despite their inclinations, rather appreciate him for having been a good Mayor), most Tory MPs dislike him.

The other wonderful thing about Boris is that he's scandal-proof. "Boris has been shagging another man's wife!". "Yeah, and....?".
 
One of the things I like about him is that he is his own man .Whereas all the rest of them have even the colour of their ties chosen by image men and focus groups , he simply cycles up to a podium all dishevelled and sweaty and announces quite casually , " yes , I want to be an MP again ".
And as Glad says , he's a shagger and scandal proof .
 

ancienturion

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A very astute man and quick to realise there is money in charging more for diesel vehicles.
 
I think he's a very nasty bit of work indeed, who hides behind his upper-class twit persona in an attempt to appear genial and trustworthy. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could spit a brick.
Does he have a fluffy white Persian cat to go with this scheming persona ?
 

Glad_its_all_over

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I think he's a very nasty bit of work indeed, who hides behind his upper-class twit persona in an attempt to appear genial and trustworthy. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could spit a brick.
An ideal PM, then. I don't want a nice bloke, I want someone who'll promote the national interest and run the country sensibly. Nice is a bonus.
 
What, if any, public schoolboy toff knows what's best for our green and pleasant land? Not ******* one!
What the fcuk has his school and his parents social background got to do with the price of fish? The last bunch of champagne socialists running the place with a token smattering of aye ups weren't exactly fanfuckingtastic now were they?
 
I think he's a very nasty bit of work indeed, who hides behind his upper-class twit persona in an attempt to appear genial and trustworthy. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could spit a brick.
Remove the 'upper-class twit' and insert an appropriate altenative description and you've got a fair point about at least 550 of our elected representatives, I'd wager (it could be as high as 649, but as I know one of the s*ds well from University days - and he is still rather wondering how he's a minister since he actually went into politics to get some potholes fixed, since he had no ambition in that direction - I'll cut him some slack).
 

Themanwho

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Nice to see class warfare rearing its head as usual. Funny how it's always the godless pinko socialists who bring it up.
 

Blogg

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I think he's a very nasty bit of work indeed, who hides behind his upper-class twit persona in an attempt to appear genial and trustworthy. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could spit a brick.
And you would trust the other possible contenders for future Tory leader?

Boris is very intelligent, very ambitious and wholly ruthless. That said, he owes nothing to the men in grey suits, has cultivated a public profile that short of being found buggering terminally ill pre teen orphans is bullet proof and is for the present considered favourably by a large part of the electorate.

In the murky world of politics, that makes him a real asset. For the moment.
 
Dave must be well peed off as Boris must be a future leader?
Boris has done his bit for London and now we might get someone useful to do the job!
 

Johned

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He brought the big red double decker back and ousted the bendy buses so that must be a plus for him? That would'nt be the red London bus found on the moon by the Yankee astronuts, the Sunday Sport told us about, would it? It must be true, they even published a photo!
 
Down through history there have been many famous chaps and perhaps the odd chapess that bore the name Boris but the only one I can think of was the one that invented the pastry snack and like sandwich had this versatile nibble named after him.

There is also a school of thought that maintains that the old English tradition of Morris dancing did in fact have its genesis in Russia.

I simply mention the above intelligence ( not widely known btw) in the hope that it may stimulate discussion on what may yet turn out to be the thread of the year.
 
An ideal PM, then. I don't want a nice bloke, I want someone who'll promote the national interest and run the country sensibly. Nice is a bonus.
That assumes that it is the 'national interest' rather than the interests of a small part of the nation, whose cause he intends to advance. Having a genial-acting shagger is PM is unlikely to make up for languishing on a zero-hours contract or barely-solvent self-employment for the majority of the nation. It's been 'workers' so far to get that treatment; managers are next.

Though I suppose in return we would get all the protections of EU social policy and no doubt the ECHR removed, that should satisfy anyone daft enough to get hot under the collar about made-up tabloid stories to do with curved cucumbers and people getting to stay here because they have half-shares in a cat.
 

alib

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In the LRB Boris Johnson, Agent of Chaos
...In Agent of Chaos by Norman Spinrad (1967), Boris Johnson is the unlikely leader of the Democratic League, an interplanetary resistance movement fighting against the totalitarian regime of the Hegemony, which has turned the entire solar system into a surveillance state. Their political efforts are hampered by his bumbling nature. ‘Boris Johnson was quite willing to babble on – and did so at every opportunity – but the man was a fool.’
...
I'm sure BoJo would be most amused.
 
Boris, if he wants to continue telling untruths, needs either to be more convincing and more consistent or to be less embarrassed.

I'd prefer him to just desist.

THE ANDREW MARR SHOW (presented by Eddie Mair) Interview with Boris Johnson
MARCH 24th 2013

"...EDDIE MAIR: (over) No, don’t repeat yourself. The documentary [by Michael Cockerill] is full of people, your sister for example gives a blistering performance, who talk about your ambitions. Your father even suggests they could change the rules so you could party leader and Prime Minister, but you, the words will not cross your lips. Why not?
BORIS JOHNSON: Because it’s not going to happen ...
EDDIE MAIR: No, no. But it’s about your desire, not whether it’s going to happen.
BORIS JOHNSON: Well I’ll tell you what I want...
EDDIE MAIR: (over) You’re not going to land on the moon either. But do you want to be Prime Minister. Say it.
BORIS JOHNSON: Well, all I want is for David Cameron to win this election, which he deserves to do.
EDDIE MAIR: Do you want to be Prime Minister?
BORIS JOHNSON: I want to do everything I possibly can to help, and in those circumstances it is completely nonsensical for me to indulge you know this increasingly... hysterical...
EDDIE MAIR: (over) You could end it all just by saying what you know to be true.
BORIS JOHNSON: What, that I don’t want to? EDDIE MAIR: That you want to be Prime Minister.
BORIS JOHNSON: Oh, come on. Look, what I want is to spend the next – my time remaining as Mayor to do as well as I can as Mayor of London. I’ve got three and a bit years to go...
EDDIE MAIR: (over) What should the viewers make of your inability to give a straight answer to a straight question?
BORIS JOHNSON: I think people would rightly conclude that I don’t want to talk about this subject because I want to talk about what I think should happen, which is the government deserves to win the next election and indeed I think it’s a measure of the triviality of politics, that I thought I was coming on to talk about the budget and housing in London, and, you know, you’ve – I mean, I don’t mind all these questions about this other stuff, but I think it is more important that we look at the things that are happening now in the economy and we look at what the government is doing to help...."


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