Monday, May 05, 2008

Don't say I didn't warn you.

Within hours of Boris Johnson - BoJo - winning the election, London's hit by a tidal wave. See - vote Tory and it all goes to hell in a handcart.

Boris is undoubtedly a larger than life character, with a carefully cultivated buffoonish image, but he's far from stupid and we're fools if we think that he is. However, he is vulnerable to letting his mouth run away before that brain is fully engaged to filter his words for an audience. He will need an exceptional group of people around him to protect him and to ensure that the 'right' lines are fed to him if the Cameron coalition isn't to be wounded. His speech on Friday evening was an example of what can be done when he is properly channelled, but Conservative HQ will be on tenterhooks over the next few years waiting for Boris to make a mistake.

One thing I'm sure of, though - London does not run through Boris' veins in the same way that it does Ken's. His concession on Friday night was heart-rending, as he apologised for losing while struggling to hold back the tears. I don't believe we'll see the same reaction when Boris leaves office.

1 comment:

snowflake5 said...

And they've had a shooting in London. Boris comes in and gun-crime goes up-market! Next there'll be shoot-outs in the City. Wouldn't have happened under Ken! ;-)