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Bloody Boris Johnson - Her Most Regal Majesty, the Queen of Snark
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Bloody Boris Johnson
If I see one more bloody "I'm not a Tory but I'd vote for Boris for mayor of London" post, I think I'll bloody scream.

While he seems to be an entertaining sort of a chap, I really don't think we should be selecting our politicians based on how entertaining they are.

That is all.
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davywavy From: davywavy Date: July 13th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
In the current political climate, can you think of a better reason to vote for someone?
madwitch From: madwitch Date: July 13th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC) (Link)
And that seems to be most of the reason why London chose Ken...:-)
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 13th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd always assumed that his ten year stint as head of the GLC as was had more to do with that.
madwitch From: madwitch Date: July 13th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe. But I know there's a whole lot of people who just went "Ken! We like Ken."

Londoners are odd beasts.
davywavy From: davywavy Date: July 13th, 2007 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd say it was more like "hmmn, Tony doesn't like Ken, he can have my vote."
madwitch From: madwitch Date: July 13th, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure there was an element of that, probably especially round your way.* :-P

Round our way, it's more "We like Ken. He's funny".
*Dividing line being the white lines in the middle of BPark Road.
davywavy From: davywavy Date: July 13th, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't vote - I'd rather London didn't have a mayor at all, all things considered.
angusabranson From: angusabranson Date: July 13th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ken was the only viable candidate PLUS it was a FU to Tony ;p
bellinghwoman From: bellinghwoman Date: July 13th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
...and an FU to Thatcher too, as she was the one who got rid of the GLC in the first place, so two birds with one stone there.
sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 13th, 2007 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Someone has to keep up standards, and it sure as hell isn't going to be the politicians unless we do it first.
davywavy From: davywavy Date: July 13th, 2007 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can you name a politician of higher calibre than Boris? I can't.
From: robinbloke Date: July 13th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Not I!
angusabranson From: angusabranson Date: July 13th, 2007 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
In the current political climate there's not a lot of difference between anyone so personality is pretty much all that does stand out and is worth voting for.

Sad state of affairs.

Bring back PARTY politics and not the same old grey ground of the centre right!
davywavy From: davywavy Date: July 16th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
But party politics is what has created the centrist parliament we have, as people vote for the party not the candidate - meaning that candidates are now faceless nonentities, by and large, who have no say over policies.
A situation in which people voted for the best person for their constituency (as was originally designed for our first past the post system) rather than popping on a coloured rosette and mooing thier way to the polling booth to pop a cross next to the party their father and their father's father voted for would acheive your desires far more effectively.
colonel_maxim From: colonel_maxim Date: July 13th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
He could be Attilla the bleedin' hun and sacrifice babies on bloody altars and still be better by that lying, slimy, double-faced, freebie-smoozing, tyrant hugging pathetic creep that we have at present.

Nope, not a member of the self-confessed 'ghastly, dehumanised moron' who is Ken Livingstone.
ewx From: ewx Date: July 13th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

I think a few entertaining figures - even outright clowns - in politics is a fine and proper thing. However, I'd agree that entertainment value isn't (by itself) a qualification for positions with a major administrative element.

That said, (1) despite the public gaffes, Boris plainly isn't entirely devoid of organizational skills, having spent more than half a decade as the editor of a well-respected magazine and (2) Ken Livingstone is not exactly at the top of the list of deadly serious politicians - he may not be as outspoken as Boris Johnson but it wouldn't be that odd to group them together.

sesquipedality From: sesquipedality Date: July 14th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I suppose not. I can see why the Tories'd be been keen to have Boris as Mayor of London. It's a high profile post with limited power where his clownery isn't as likely to cause major political embarrassment as a front-bench role. And if the campaign is to be fought on personalities, he's one of the few people who is actually going to give Red Ken a run for his money (a task no-one else yet seems to have managed).

I see a bright bright future where Jade Goodie is PM.
thegreenman From: thegreenman Date: July 14th, 2007 07:10 am (UTC) (Link)
As far as I am concerned he has the mark of greatness stamped upon him and I fully expect to see him as PM in a few years time.

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