Ok, so when I heard that Boris Johnson (“Bojo” as he’s fondly known by his Tory chums) was elected London mayor, let’s just say I was less than pleased. Of course, not officially being a London resident, it’s not like I had a vote anyway, so there really wasn’t much I could do about it.
What this local election does succinctly demonstrate, however, is what can happen when voters are faced with a lack of choice. Frustrated with Brown’s lack of leadership and the abolition of the 10p tax rate, traditional Labourites revolted en masse, leading to the worst council election results that Labour have had for 40 years.
The other deeply worrying consequence of lack of choice was that the (overtly racist) British National Party (BNP) won its first seat in the London assembly. Richard Barnbrook’s views on multiculturalism are less than encouraging:
“You may have your religion behind your closed doors, but you don’t bring it onto the streets,” he said
Back to Boris. I just couldn’t mention Boris, without mentioning that Arnie doesn’t think too highly of him. And as wacky as he is, just as this rather apt Facebook group reminds us, he’s STILL a Tory! No matter how many times he appears on Have I Got News for You, he’ll still be one of David Cameron’s old school chums.
Nevertheless, despite the fact that he’s made some dreadful slip ups in the past (far too many to mention here), could this be a chance at redemption? Afterall, you never really know what kind of a leader someone’s going to be until they’re in the hot seat (Brown, for example). With that in mind, only time will tell what kind of mayor Boris will make. In any case, with voters anxious for change, a few more years with Ken were pretty unfeasible.
So, this is Boris’ chance to prove himself; we’ll have to wait and see just how effective he is. London mayor? I guess I can learn to live with that. However, I was disturbed to learn that Boris Johnson’s ultimate ambition is to one day make his mark in No. 10, Downing Street.
Can you imagine? Boris Johnson as PM?? I mean, I know that stranger things have happened (George Bush as the most powerful man in the free world, the Terminator ruling over California, for example), but still. From the results of this election, there seems to be a good chance that it could be Cameron who takes the seat of power next. But wouldn’t it be interesting if it was Obama in the States and Boris in the UK?
Now there’s a double-act who could definitely out-strange Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in the The Odd Couple…