No, I’m not about to say how important it is to me that Livingstone wins the London election, as I said the other day, it doesn’t really matter to me who wins the big chair, as surprising as this may be to inhabitants of London, some people do live outside it. That being said, as a UKIP member, I’d really rather quite like to see Lawrence Webb get the gig. But what is important to me is who doesn’t get the job.
It has without doubt been a terrible week for the Prime Minister, and I’ve a sneaking suspicion it is going to get a hell of a lot worse. It’ll be interesting to see how close this whole Murdoch/Hunt thing gets to him, certainly I don’t expect to see Hunt hanging around after Thursday’s elections.
As foolish as it was, and as mad as he is, this whole episode has, to an extent, vindicated Vince Cable’s declaration of war on Murdoch. There’s not much that the Limp Dims can use to lord it over Camermong but this is a nasty little needle that could hit some very tender spots.
Then there’s the the proposed 6.8% increase in the EU budget, he is a self-declared Eurosceptic, but to be honest I’d give more credence to a claim from George Galloway that he was going to train as a Rabbi. He’ll huff and puff, stamp his little foot and at the end of the day give the EU exactly what they want.
Cameron’s no idiot and neither are the EU, it’s a game, a negotiation, the figure wanted is probably closer to 5%, so that’s what they’ll settle for. What annoys me, and no doubt the Tory membership, is that he thinks we haven’t figured that out and he’ll try and sell it as a big victory for the eurosceptic PM. Bollocks.
Then there’s the House of Lords thing, Cameron is happy to let us have a referendum on the House of Lords, but I can hear the howls of frustration from within and without the Tories if he peddles a referendum there having blocked a referendum on our EU membership.
I find myself wondering how many Tories, given the botched election and everything else that has followed, wish they’d backed David Davies instead now?
And so we come to Boris. I’m firmly of the opinion that Boris was given the Conservative candidacy for the Mayor’s job in the hope that he would win just to keep him out of the way. Boris is an easy figure to lampoon but he’s a dangerous man, especially if you’re a German defensive midfielder, and there’s something about the guy that you just can’t help liking – certainly in a way that Cameron and Osborne could never be liked. There’s no amount of PR preening and spin packaging could change that, Boris just has the X factor and the party membership undoubtedly love him.
I can see Boris being welcomed with open arms by the constituency party in the first half safe seat that comes up for grabs at by-election should he lose the London election. The fact that he had lost that election wouldn’t taint him, it would all be Cameron’s fault. Once he re-entered Westminster then the sport would begin, I don’t suggest that he’d be an agitator, but the guy is a lightning rod and unusually for a modern politician, when asked an opinion he’ll give it, for good or ill.
A Conservative PM that has Boris Johnson knocking around the benches would have to pull their socks up pretty smartish, because I can see the hesitant buffoonish puffing as he flatly denies any leadership designs at all, but then the clamour becomes louder and louder, and well, people have been so kind in their praise and everyone’s gone to such a lot of trouble it seems rather ungrateful not to get the old cricket bat out and see if the ball can’t be mowed down to cow corner, doesn’t it?
Without doubt I find the prospect of Boris as PM a damn sight more appealing that Cameron, but just his mere presence could cause Cameron to adjust his game significantly.
For that reason, denizens of London, for the good of the country, vote for anyone but Boris.