They might be doing it at PMQs every week soon…
Boris Johnson has responded to the news that Lufter Rahman is a goner:
“I’m very glad that justice has taken its course and the cloud has been lifted from Tower Hamlets.
It’s vital we move on with new elections.”
No word from Ken Livingstone…
UPDATE: Ken speaks:
“I’d take Eric Pickles to court. This is like something out of East Germany under the communists”
This afternoon Guido reported that Tory mayoral wannabe Ivan Massow turned up in Thanet to campaign for the Tories, only to leave after taking a few photos:
Massow hit back, claiming that he had to be back in London for a super important meeting with Boris:
Six minutes after Ivan claimed to be meeting the Mayor, Boris tweeted evidence to the contrary:
City Hall sources say the Mayor has been out all day…
UPDATE: City Hall now saying Boris posted the tweet later in the day and was in fact back in the office at 4. The point still stands, Massow was only in Thanet for an hour.
At 12:20 this afternoon Tory mayoral wannabe Ivan Massow declared that he was on his way to Thanet South to campaign, “to show Thanet that we care”:
At 13:49 Massow posted this photograph of him outside the campaign HQ on the ground:
At 13:59 a co-conspirator reports that Ivan Massow boarded the train back to London.
Although he didn’t manage to Tweet a snap of that.
Looks like he doesn’t care about Thanet, beyond a flying visit for the photo…
UPDATE: Massow responds:
Boris has gone violently off message in a speech in the West Country, calling for the government to: “Bring back hunting to Exmoor, whilst always respecting the feelings and indeed the wishes of the animals.” The Western Morning News reports on the Mayor’s visit to Dulverton Town Hall, where he “intrigued the audience with other pre-election promises such as an NHS for animals, making Scrabble an Olympic sport, and a bid to open Britain’s borders to citizens of “Eurozone disaster areas like Italy”, but only if they agreed to help hill farmers at lambing time”:
Number one – abolish VAT on hearing aids.
Two: apply to the UN for the immediate recognition of the superior intelligence of rats, geese and other animals…”
Best received was a call to “bring back manners in young people” and make them eat crisps with a knife and fork…”
Banter aside and most intriguingly, Boris let slip that the Tory manifesto – due imminently – is still being written:
“Our family does not have good reputation for meeting deadlines. My brother Joseph (MP for Orpington) has had to go to London today after someone rang before breakfast – probably the Prime Minister – reminding him he had to write 4,000 words for the Conservative manifesto.”
Well it can’t be as rubbish as their 2010 one.
Boris deputy and wannabe mayor Stephen Greenhalgh waited until his boss was out of the country to have an extraordinary pop about tube fares. Team BoJo are said to be furious at Greenhalgh’s intervention pledging a cut should he take over, which is about as subtle as a Boston blizzard. Already the Standard are reporting it as a direct challenge, “raising questions over current fares” and noting Greenhalgh’s naked attempt to “seize the initiative… in the battle to succeed Boris”. Greenhalgh’s growing list of enemies are already calling him the ‘hands-on mayor‘…
The next PM and President?
After a shaky start, it seems the Mayor’s East Coast tour is finally beginning to get going: ie he’s getting the pictures he wants. Let’s hope Hillary can forgive what Boris once said of her:
“She’s got dyed blonde hair and pouty lips, and a steely blue stare, like a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital… represents, on the face of it, everything I came into politics to oppose: not just a general desire to raise taxes and nationalize things, but an all-round purse-lipped political correctness.”
He’s got more in common with her husband…
Boris on British Jihadis. Apparently based on MI5 intel:
“If you look at all the psychological profiling about bombers, they typically will look at porn. They are literally w***ers. Severe onanists. They are tortured. They will be very badly adjusted in their relations with women, and that is a symptom of their feeling of being failures and that the world is against them. They are not making it with girls, and so they turn to other forms of spiritual comfort — which of course is no comfort.”
In every modern Tory leadership election the candidate who has made the most anti-EU noises has won. Ergo, here is Boris’ intervention in this week’s Time magazine:
“I think Brexit is possible … [Britain] would very rapidly come to an alternative arrangement that protected our basic trading interests.
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Nifty work by The Tab, who have recorded Bojo charming a Tory party fundraiser by telling them Ed Balls has:
“the air of a pop-eyed man who looks like he’s undergoing an unexpected prostate examination.”
A line he has shamelessly nicked from Anna Soubry…[…]
He can however listen to BBC London report on the fact his driving antics have been reported to the police:
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For once Sadiq is not answering his phone to any media.[…]