Saturday, May 03, 2008
The Real Test is Just Beginning for Boris and the Tories
The media love Boris- his clownish personna, his habitual gaffes and his taste for Hampstead middle class promiscuity at the office. He is a popular figure-even I like Boris; but celebrity politicians face special hazards. The media will be all over him for months- and the rightwing press as much as the left as readers will buy any paper detailing mistakes by the famous former Bullingdonite. 'Events' might well keep him awake at night as things he cannot control begin to create problems as they always do in politics. My bet would be that the first cock-up will have arrived by September this year and that, in all probability they'll keep on coming. Dave himself might find sleep a bit hard to sustain during these first few dangerous months.
Better that than, how shall I put it, the distinctly dodgy dealings of Ken.
Incidentally, Gimson's biography also paints a picture of a more complex man than the 'Bullingdonite' tag allows!! Anyway, I need to go and re-train - apparently good teachers get better results than bad teachers, according to the stunning insight of a report by the IPPR today!!
Could be you're right on Boris- he seems to epitomise, in his inimitable fashion, the public school tradition of pretending one is hopeless and then proving not to be. It's whether hes brilliant though, which is what he needs to be, which is tyhe question. Like your by line picture by the way.
I agtree trhe IPPR report doesn't take us very far at all and note headteachers barracked an education minister at a conference yesterday on league tables. Can't say I blame them either
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