November 14, 2004

Boris Johnson

Follow-up to Dick and Dom in da Bungalow from Esprit de l'escalier

Again! It happened again! I was checking today's news on the Guardian website to see that Boris Johnson had been sacked by the Tories. As I clicked on the link to see what my old mucker David Aaronovitch had to say about this whole kerfuffle, I thought, "what a bunch of cretins – don't the Tory leaders realise that the lovable tow-headed buffoon is the only thing they have going for them? I, a raging liberal, would even vote for him! They've really done it this time…"

And once the page had loaded, what was the headline? "Sacking could backfire on Howard [subtitle] Voters liked Boris. My guess is they will now like his party less." Exactly my thoughts – I won't even bother reading the rest of it now. As I say, me and the Guardian – we're like that [crosses fingers]. If that's not a reason for them to employ me, I don't know what is.

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  1. When William Hague met George W. Bush for the first time, Boris Johnson was part of his entourage. For some reason, Johnson was wearing a watch with the famous Che Guevara image prominently displayed on it. Bush saw the watch and said to Johnson "In Texas, we execute people for wearing watches like that". Johnson squirmed and said "Oh gosh, I'm so sorry" in his blundering aristocratic idiom.

    My point is this: someone whose judgement is so poor that they actually wear a Che Guevara watch when trying to ingratiate themselves with George W. Bush is always going to embroil themselves in gaffes and PR disasters. It is a good job it happened now when he was a lowly shadow arts spokesman rather than in 10 years time, when he may have been Home Secretary or whatever.

    He has boundless intellect, but zero judgement.

    19 Nov 2004, 17:08

  2. That's our Boris! Didn't realise he was a Che fan. I like him even more now. And I would like George W. Bush even less now, were that actually possible.

    Poor Boris is the hapless victim of the Tories' irrational application of a zero tolerance approach to sleaze rule. The only reason Howard sacked him was to appease the Daily Mail lot by appearing to uphold the party's old principles. All the publicity about this affair just shows the Tories are a party embroiled in sleaze again, and that they don't know when they've got a good political asset. Fools.

    20 Nov 2004, 11:38

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