Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Boris at #GF10

An interesting news line from Boris last night, coming out against Chris Grayling’s plans to lock up internet trolls. He told Guido’s dinner guests “trolls are a vital part of our political ecosystem, a vital part of our democracy, we need them”. The Mayor also gave some wise advice for politicians who might find themselves in Guido’s crosshairs…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boris’ Tackle Caught on Camera

Not that sort of tackle…

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LISTEN: Boris Can’t Name Tory Clacton Candidate

The Mayor of London has evidently never seen Bread. Any connoisseur of eighties sitcoms knows that the Tory candidate in Clacton is actor Giles Watling, but not Boris on LBC this morning:

BJ: “We’ve got a fantastic guy called… bloody… superb man… Stirling? Girling? Something like that. What’s he called? You tell me.”

NF: “Giles…”

BJ: “Giles… come on what is it again?”

NF: “Giles… the Bread actor? Remember Bread?”

BJ: “No. Come on stop sitting there like a great big fat Buddha and tell me the name of this guy.”

NF: “No need to get personal Mr Mayor… It’s Giles Watling.”

BJ: “Giles Watling, that’s right. I knew it. Something to do with ling. Tingaling.”

Close…

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Caption Contest (Favourite Sun Edition)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Are You a FOB or a FOG?

It’s been a bad week if you are a FOG (Friend of George). First Osborne’s big spending speech was obliterated from the news agenda by Warsi, then Sajid Javid’s second attempt disappeared under Boris’ shadow. Harry Mount in this week’s Speccie explains why the FOBs are beating the FOGs:

“Boris is already forming a loose-knit collection of supporters — FOBs, friends of Boris, to engage in mortal combat with the FOGs, friends of George Osborne, should there be a leadership contest. Jesse Norman and Zac Goldsmith are said to be keen FOBs — they have received little preferment under Cameron and bring powerful cadres of MPs in their wake. Alongside them is Nadine Dorries, one of the few Tory MPs to back Boris openly.

Boris’s deputy mayor, Kit Malthouse — who has the safe seat of North-West Hampshire lined up at the election — will be a staunch ally in the next Parliament. Interesting how Boris loyalists slip easily into safe seats while Cameron’s former advisers have to talk their way past grass-roots Tory opposition to coalition policies.

And here’s where the FOBs have the edge over the FOGs. George’s gang are largely in it for themselves. Their loyalty remains tied up with their own ambitions, which Osborne wisely satisfies from time to time. Boris’s gang are in it for the man himself. And the gang is growing every day. There are quite enough MPs — ones Osborne has been indifferent to — who will do anything to stop the Chancellor getting the top job.”

Are a FOB or a FOG? Maybe you are a FOT (Friend of Theresa)? A FOM maybe (Friend of Michael)? Perhaps you are looking ahead and have become a FOS (Friend of Saj)? Guido suspects in time others will decide to become a FOL (Liz, not Liam) or a FOP (Friend of Priti). Or even a bitter FOE (Friend of Esther). One thing is clear, there aren’t many left who give a FOC…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Boris Interrupted By Spinner During Channel 4 Interview

Quote of the Day

Osborne Camp Responds

Not for the last time, Boris has overshadowed the Osborne camp. Poor Sajid Javid was giving a speech on the economy at the very moment Boris stole the headlines. When asked by Guido, Saj declined to be drawn on whether he would back Boris for leader in a post-Dave age, though did say he had already sent the Mayor a text:

“All that Boris has said is that he’s going to stand for election and that’s great news.”

Almost as if the Chancellor’s close ally has a dog in the fight…

BORIS 2015: I Will Stand

At last Boris confirms what we knew all along:

“I haven’t got any seat lined up but I might as well be absolutely clear, in all probability I will try to find somehwere to stand in 2015. It is highly likely that I will be unsuccessful in that venture, you should never underestminate the possibility of these things going badly wrong, but I will try that. One thing is absolutely clear, I will serve out my mandate here in London.”

Happy holidays, Prime Minister…

UPDATE:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WATCH: Paxo and Boris in Tandem


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“I think Mail online comments are a telling indication of public opinion.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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