Thursday, November 28, 2013

Boris Comes Out For the 1%

It’s almost as if Boris is running a leadership campaign. Last night he gave the Centre for Policy Studies Margaret Thatcher Lecture, standing up for the wealth-creators:

“I hope that this time the Gordon Gekkos of London are conspicuous not just for their greed – valid motivator though greed may be for economic progress – as for what they give and do for the rest of the population, many of whom have experienced real falls in their incomes over the last five years.”

The stats show he’s not wrong. Figures from Reed say the average salaries of directors and senior management in the financial sector are down £6,125 since 2012, traders’ salaries are down £10,893 and equity salaries down by £43,703. Finally a politician willing to stand up for the hard-pressed one percent…

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SuperClub Pleads to SuperMayor Boris

Friday, September 27, 2013

Boris Yearns For Westminster

Boris is stoking the fires this weekend, telling the FT he would not rule out a third term as mayor leading up to a handover pre-2020:

“During the whole Syria thing, for the first time in years I wished I was in parliament. I have to admit that I watched that and I thought… I wished. I wished… I want to do this job to the best of my ability for the next two-and-a-half years and then heaven knows what will happen.”

Most interestingly the FT name Adam Afriyie as running a shadow campaign for Boris, and would stand aside when the time comes:

“Adam Afriyie, the little-known but ambitious MP for Windsor and an admirer of Johnson, has assembled a leadership campaign organisation which could be quickly retooled to support a Boris leadership bid if the London mayor returns to parliament.”

Well it wouldn’t be the eve of Tory conference without some less than subtle positioning, would it…

Thursday, September 5, 2013

BoJo’s Road to Downing Street

Interesting story in the Sun this morning that Boris is considering changing his mind about a third term as London mayor and may run again in 2016. Not even BoJo’s biggest fan would take past assurances that this would be his final term too seriously. This is Boris after all. Looking ahead there is a clear road to Downing Street. If Cameron is still Prime Minister after 2015, as Labour are clearly determined to make happen, that would obviously dash Boris’ hopes of becoming leader post-election. Boris wouldn’t want to serve in a Dave Cabinet, so running for a third term as Mayor would keep him on the front line. Then, in the run up to 2020, the handover would make perfect sense. It could be Blair and Brown all over again…

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

WATCH: Boris’ Barclays Deed Poll Promise

Boris has vowed to change his name by deed poll to Barclays Johnson if the bank gives him another £100 million towards his cycle hire scheme. As a man who always keeps his word when it comes to dangerous promises, Guido wonders if Barclays feel like making these into famous last words…

Via LBC.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Boris Johnson’s Gift for George

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

WATCH: Loony Unite Militants Jump on Boris’ Car

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday Caption Contest (Cock and Bull Edition)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Boris and Gove on a Smashing Night Out

Guido would not like to suggest that Boris and Gove had wet the Royal Baby’s head last night, though then again these photos do suggest they were in somewhat jovial spirits after a dinner at Scotts:

Boris clearly just fancied a stroll rather than riding his bike home, while Gove’s difficulty walking in a straight line can obviously be explained by the heat:

Hic.

Via Mail.

Monday, July 15, 2013

WATCH: Boris Blows Crosby’s Cover


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