Boris : School Days

Why Boris Will Win

Turnout was 36.95% in the 2004 Mayoral elections. Ken actually got the support of only 10% of the potential electorate. The Tories are more popular now than before and they have in Boris a likeable candidate. Is that alone enough for him to win? Maybe.
Party Name 1st choice
Votes
1st choice
%
2nd choice
Votes
2nd choice
%
Labour Party Livingstone, Ken 685,541 35.70% 250,517 13.04%
Conservative Party Norris, Steve 542,423 28.24% 222,559 11.59%
Liberal Democrats Hughes, Simon 284,645 14.82% 465,704 24.25%

He is extremely popular with the Conservative grassroots and if Boris just succeeds in motivating them to go out and vote, he will win. On the basis of the last election’s results Boris needs to get an extra 1 in 5 Tory sympathisers in London to go to the polling station. This is without the extra oomph from the Conservatives nationally polling better than in 2004. Boris inspires a great deal of enthusiasm, he will without doubt energise that base. He also has first-name brand recognition. If Labour tacticians think they can fight him as a posh buffoon they are making a mistake just like the Tories made in thinking they could portray Gordon as a left-winger. Boris will never appeal to a certain type of left-winger, but he doesn’t have to, he just has to get the stay-at-home Tories down to the polling station.

People seem to forget that Boris got to Eton on a scholarship, not because he was a toff, the buffoon tag can be shaken off easily.

Boris Campaign Under Way

Guido hears that Dan Ritterband, who was key in Cameron’s leadership campaign, has switched from backing Nick Boles (pulled out due to serious illness) to campaigning for Boris. A campaigning web-site will be live soon…

UPDATE : BackBoris.Com is live.

Boris! Confirmed!

There is joy unabounded in Guido’s cellar.

In fact this calls for a drink…

UPDATE : You can call Tory Radio now on 0845 257-0-427 and leave a message of support for later broadcast - “I’m Backing Boris because…”

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

E-Oh, Stand-Up, Speak Up

Is it just Guido, over-exposed to two-year-old Ms Fawkes’ television viewing choices as he is, or does the new Stand-Up, Speak Up site look like it was based on the design for the Teletubbies?

The glossy new Conservatives.Com website looks a bit more groovy and blog-like as well.

In fact the whole re-branding, with windmills and all, was it at some unconscious level, the Teletubbies which provided the inspiration for Steve Hilton?

UPDATE : Beau Bo D’Or thinks the hills are alive with spin.

Boris – Latest

Nominations close 10 a.m. Monday – expect Boris to make an announcement on the day – not sure if it will be the announcement many hope for…

Logo from the 700 strong Backing Boris group on Facebook

Come On Then, If You Think You Are Hard Enough

Basher Davis is advertising for a new staff member. He has a high-turnover of staff. The job specification requires that candidates are “calm under pressure”. An understatement…

Friday Caption Contest (Queen Edition)

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CameroonHome.Com Coming Soon

In Westminster political blogging there are three unofficial party affiliated sites which try to be the public voice of the grassroots. ConservativeHome is the daddy of them all, LabourHome is a technically superior site with far inferior content and a

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Mayor Boris

Andrew Pierce in the Torygraph is speculating that we could get an announcement of a Boris candidature today.

“I’m Backing Boris” T-shirts are on order. C’mon Boris…

UPDATE : ConservativeHome is reporting that the Boris website was showing this earlier […]

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Honest Cabal Government

Alistair Darling in Treasury Questions this morning appeared to have taken his boss’ instructions to be open and honest perhaps a little too seriously. When pressed about Gordon Brown’s premiership, he said: “I think it’s safe to say that the

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