My last post was on Bojo and, following the conference, I'm offering another. The reactions to Boris are fascinating. A rock star welcome at the conference- they just so lo9ved him to bits
. But Decca Aitkenhead in The Guardian today says everyone she asked would he be prime minister, said no chance. Even more interesting is the venomous hate this jovial old comedian provokes. In the Daily Mail yesterday the brilliant military historian and sometime boss to Boris when editor of the Telegraph, vent his spleen over the most popiular politician in the country.
Writing in the Daily Mail Boris Johnson’s former editor, Max
Hastings claims to like the man and admires his journalistic ability as well as
recognising his crowd pleasing gifts-‘He is an authentic star who lights up
every room he enters’-but he also expresses grave doubts about both his
character suitability for high office.
‘If the day ever comes that Boris becomes tenant of Te
Downing St, I shall be among those packing my bags for a new life in Buenos Aires
or suchlike, because it means that Britain has abandoned its last pretensions
to be a serious country.’
‘Most politicians are ambitious and ruthless, but Boris is a
gold medal egomaniac. I would not trust him with my wife- nor- painful
experience- my wallet. It is unnecessary to take any moral view about his
almost crazed infidelities but it is hard to believe that any man so
conspicuously incapable of controlling his own libido is fir to be trusted wit
controlling the country.’
‘His chaotic public persona is not an act-he is indeed
maniacally disorganised about everything except his own image management. He is
also a far more ruthless ands frankly nastier figure than the public
‘Forget all the denials, Boris yearns wit a mad hunger to
become prime minister.’.
‘The reason so many young people are potty about Boris is
precisely because he is not serious,
because he treats the whole business of politics as a bit of a lark.’
Boris Johnson was at the conference for one purpose only-the
exaltation of himself…. He is not a man to believe in, to trust or respect
save as a superlative exhibitionist. He is bereft of judgment, loyalty or
discretion. Only in the star=crazed frivolous Britain of the 21st
century could such a man have risen so high- and he is utterly unfit to go higher still.’
Finally, what does the daily bible of the true blues think of BoJo?
The Daily Mail editorial hammers more nails into the coffin
of Johnson’s ambitions.
‘At City Hall Mr
Johnson’s main role is to act as a cheer-leader
for the capital; while his administrative duties are relatively light.
There is plenty o scope to indulge in good humoured buffoonery while the odd
clanger carries no grave consequences..
In contrast the PM must display relentless focus application
and judgement –qualities for which Boris has never been famous in public or