Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Who Boris Johnson is

Further to my earlier post on this, a little more detail:
I went to Balliol with Boris, studying philosophy with him there and working with him at the Oxford Union, and I have touched base with him off and on in the years since. What most people who don't know him don't realise is Boris's ruthlessness (as well as opportunism) as a politician. Much of what Boris does, if my experience is anything to go by, is very calculated; his self-presentation as slightly buffoon-like is mostly deliberate. He does what he thinks will bring him publicity and affection. And he is not at all averse to deceiving people in the process. For example: At Oxford, I was [for my sins...] President of the O.U Social Democratic Club; Boris sometimes presented himself as sympathetic with the SDP in order to curry favour with sections of the student body http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/pandora/a-youthful-flirtation-comes-back-to-haunt-boris-410843.html . His self-presentation nowadays as green-leaning is, I fear, a piece of equally opportunistic and calculated spin.
  I hope that Londoners will vote Sian Berry 1, Ken Livingstone 2 on May 1st. A victory for Boris would yield a few laughs, but would be a dreadfully-regressive step back in time for our nation's capital city.
  

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Blogger Dorothea said...

I can't begin to understand how any observant English person could possibly believe that Boris is actually cuddly / dumb blond / thick or any of that.

Just googled Boris ruthless right-wing and got a few hits.

Apparently he is like Tony Benn, at least in so far as they both seem to think that being Muslim is genetic;

http://www.democracyforum.co.uk/conservative-party-general-issues/45206-i-m-proud-my-muslim-ancestry-says-tory-london-mayor-candidate-boris-johnson-mp-3.html

His great sense of humour is, of course, his most dangerous weapon of all in our modern frivolous age.

2 April 2008 at 10:48  
Blogger ingo said...

Boris Johnson, thanks to the Greens in London stating their political preference, is now the underdog, thats regrettable but inevitable from a relatively unknown Green candidate who just joined five years ago and reflects the large majority of Greens who like democracy, but have been brought up in a FPTP system. Eventually these characteristics will taint their every doing. ingo

7 April 2008 at 10:19  
Blogger ingo said...

Boris Johnson, thanks to the Greens in London stating their political preference, is now the underdog, thats regrettable but inevitable from a relatively unknown Green candidate who just joined five years ago and reflects the large majority of Greens who like democracy, but have been brought up in a FPTP system. Eventually these characteristics will taint their every doing. ingo

7 April 2008 at 10:20  
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9 April 2008 at 16:57  
Blogger Raphael said...

I deleted the previous one because the link did not work.

My question was, do you think that Sian could win a few more votes?

http://www.engageonline.org.uk/
blog/article.php?id=1802

Also read the comments there.

9 April 2008 at 17:00  

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Further to my earlier post on this, a little more detail:
I went to Balliol with Boris, studying philosophy with him there and working with him at the Oxford Union, and I have touched base with him off and on in the years since. What most people who don't know him don't realise is Boris's ruthlessness (as well as opportunism) as a politician. Much of what Boris does, if my experience is anything to go by, is very calculated; his self-presentation as slightly buffoon-like is mostly deliberate. He does what he thinks will bring him publicity and affection. And he is not at all averse to deceiving people in the process. For example: At Oxford, I was [for my sins...] President of the O.U Social Democratic Club; Boris sometimes presented himself as sympathetic with the SDP in order to curry favour with sections of the student body http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/columnists/pandora/a-youthful-flirtation-comes-back-to-haunt-boris-410843.html . His self-presentation nowadays as green-leaning is, I fear, a piece of equally opportunistic and calculated spin.
  I hope that Londoners will vote Sian Berry 1, Ken Livingstone 2 on May 1st. A victory for Boris would yield a few laughs, but would be a dreadfully-regressive step back in time for our nation's capital city.
  
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