Jeremy Paxman has shot down the Times‘ suggestion that he is considering running to replace Boris as the Tory candidate for Mayor of London:
Though the invitation to see the PM suggests it wasn’t entirely fantasy…
Boris was a little short tempered at Mayor’s Question Time yesterday after being quizzed by expenses cheat Andrew Dismore. Ohhhhh.
Election mastermind David Lammy has said Ed will not win a majority in 2015:
“I don’t want to knock Ed personally. I actually think it’s a whole team issue. I think that, in the end, all of the major players that contribute to the Labour message.. have a lot to do between now and the general election. A lot to do!
I think that the next general election is going to be phenomenally close. I am not moving off my assumption, when I collapsed on to my sofa after the last general election with my wife and watched Nick Clegg and David Cameron walk into number 10, and that is we are in for a decade of either minority or coalition government. That was my general view [in 2010] there’s very little that’s shifted.”
The distancing of future Labour mayoral hopefuls from the current leadership has begun. Bad news for Team Ed favourite Sadiq Khan…
He can however listen to BBC London report on the fact his driving antics have been reported to the police:
For once Sadiq is not answering his phone to any media.
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.”
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.”
Boris and Osborne have been having secret narrative-busting family barbecues. Apparently, we are all mi-steak-en to think the Chancellor and the Mayor are anything but best buddies without a leadership ribbing in sight. As revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, the Johnsons and the Osbornes broke bread over the summer at the Mayor’s Henley pad. Guido grilled both teams to find out what was really going on…
BBQ sauces close to the Chancellor says this is nothing new and there is “no hatchet to bury”. Meanwhile the Mayor’s people insist it is a “regular thing” and a “chance to catch up informally, away from Whitehall and their officials”, and that “they are friends”. This one has legs; delicious, flame-grilled legs.
David Lammy, the only candidate to officially declare he is a Labour candidate in the race to be the next Mayor of London, has hired Martin Bright to spin for him. “I’m on the payroll,” Bright tells Guido. A tough job to Mastermind a media strategy for the ambitious bid.