Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Why Guido Backed Boris

Guido’s old friend Harry Phibbs can claim to be the first person to promote the idea of Mayor Boris Johnson. The Hammersmith councillor and Evening Standard diarist first posited Boris running in January 2007 on the Social Affairs Unit’s blog.

Guido thought it an inspired idea and posted a comment in reply:

Draft Boris, this is a tele-democracy, he is a performer. He will crucify Ken.

For what it was worth Guido then did everything in his power to encourage Boris to run. Guido made the succint case for Boris ten days before Tory nominations for Mayor closed. Here was the argument for Boris winning on psephological grounds. Guido’s July 2007 poll that showed 83% of Guido’s readers wanted Boris to run was unscientific but encouraging for him.
It was Guido who set up the “I’m Backing Boris” Facebook group which gained over a thousand supporters in the days before he announced he was running – and was actually taken over by the Boris campaign team when he formally announced he was running.

“How much influence do bloggers and the internet have in politics?” is a question Guido is often asked. My reply is that we only have influence over politicians, journalists and thus the climate of ideas. We don’t have any influence over the voting general public except through that opinion leading influence. Guido set out last July to encourage one political journalist to seize the moment, if Guido succeeded in that objective, his mission was accomplished.

Back Boris for a Greater LondonSome co-conspirators have suggested that Guido compromised his USP and libertarian principles in backing a politician’s bid for power – the first time this blog has endorsed a politician. Well Guido has hated Ken Livingstone’s brand of municipal socialism for decades, at one point it looked possible the Tories would again choose Steve Norris to lose to Ken again – that was not a prospect Guido welcomed. Boris has admirable libertarian-conservative instincts and is a refreshingly direct politician who speaks his mind. In a personal note to Guido after he won the Conservative nomination, Boris indicated that the admiration is mutual. So with an opportunity to encourage someone like-minded to lead London, it would have been churlish to remain aloof from the affray.

Boris as mayor will also hopefully provide Guido with lots of fun material…

Gordon Says “Nothing New”

When even Andy Marr, Gordon’s most reliable friendly broadcaster, says “you are saying nothing new” you know the game is up. Gordon is touring the broadcasters this morning grumpily smiling, setting out his one-eyed vision. The fourth re-launch starts next week during which Gordon says he “will take the fight to the Conservative Party”. Ooh, get him…

London is Officially Liberated

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CCHQ Post-Election De-Briefing by Coulson the Barbarian

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Friday Caption Contest

+++ David Pitt-Watson Resigns Before He Starts +++

Gordon’s chosen Labour Party General Secretary has struck another blow – he will not be taking the helm of the Labour Party as the ship sinks. He is not completely stupid…

UPDATE : Guido’s original analysis from a month ago was proved right.


Hat-tip :
Ben Brogan

+++ Paddy Power Pays Out Bets on Boris +++

According to Mike Smithson over on Politicalbetting.com.

Can You Hear Me Mr Hoon?

Maguire’s Tyne Turns Blue

Kevin Maguire claimed last year that “back home on Tyneside at the weekend, I found many a Labour voter eagerly awaiting the day [the] former premier is dead and buried.” Margaret Thatcher will therefore no doubt be very pleased to learn that Maguire’s hometown, where he helps the local Labour Party, is a Conservative gain.

You won’t find so many Labour voters on the Tyne today…

Richard Littlejohn Bitch-Slaps Polly Toynbee

Via Bartman

YouGov Called National Share of the Vote Right

Which bodes well for their lone call of London for Boris….

+++ Bookies Slash Odds on Tory Majority to Evens +++

Punters have switched from expecting a hung parliament to a Tory majority after the general election. Smart money or over exuberance?

Good Morning London

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Meltdown : Brown Beaten by Calamity Clegg

On Wednesday Brown mocked Nick Clegg as a calamity, so how must it feel to be beaten by him this morning? The BBC is projecting the Conservatives will have 44%, the Liberal Democrats 25% and Labour last on 24%.

Labour are projected to lose over 200 seats, a meltdown performance not seen for over a generation.

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