Meating of the Clans: Osbo and BoJo BBQ

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 Pays for Brightness

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.

Lammy Accidentally Plugs London Mayor Rival's Campaign

Poor old David Lammy. Tottenham’s political mastermind is busy drumming up support for his London mayoral run, having been the first Labour candidate to formally declare. Lammy tried to tweet a link to his snazzy new website on how he would tackle housing problems in London: LondonHousingReport.com. Instead, he tweeted a link to the similarly-named LondonHousingCrisis.com, a campaign website which features prominently his rival for the mayoralty, Sadiq Khan. Doh!

Hub-ble Trouble Bubbles for Boris

Boris has confirmed it’s Uxbridge. A seat populated by thousands of people who work at an airport the Mayor of London would like to see shut down. Well he’s got to make it a teeny bit challenging, Guido wonders for how much longer Boris will want to have “a genuine, honest discussion about what London could achieve in a world post Heathrow.” Even today he was still lobbying for his Island hub, which should jar somewhat with the local Tories…

Diane Abbott Tops Poll as Labour’s Choice for London Mayor

Today’s Standard brings encouraging news in the race to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor. Diane Abbott is now ahead of Tessa Jowell among Labour supporters, with 17% saying they want Diane to be their candidate compared to just 14% choosing Tessa. As you can see from the chart below, the party is spoilt for choice:

Guido offers his warm support for Diane’s candidacy…

Boris the Bad Bard

If Boris Johnson’s future career is dependent on his word-smithery, then his hopes of reaching No. 10 have been rapidly dashed. The Standard have the poem the Mayor wrote for a chum’s book launch:

When the RMT is out
And your tube is up the spout
And your bus is overheating
And you’ve missed a crucial meeting
Read a poem.

When you’ve been stopped from leading Labour
By your brother’s bad behaviour
Read some Wilfred Scawen Blunt
And forget the little ****.

If you’ve been driving much too fast
And Mrs Huhne has grassed
Don’t get cross at Mrs Huhne
Try some Owen or Sassoon
Read a poem.

Guido would say ‘don’t give up the day job’, but with the hunt on for safe seat, he’s not sure Boris is listening…

Arnie on Boris

Happy St George’s Day Boris

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As the owner of Boris2020.org the story in The Sun this morning claiming that Boris will decide within weeks if he is to run for parliament caught Guido’s eye. The mayor is denying it:

Guido would like to wish all his English readers a happy St George’s Day. If a man of Turkish origin can become patron saint of England, there is no stopping that other English hero of Turkish origin, Boris…

The Hair Apparent: Bald Boris Update

Forget airport capacity expansion, Boris needs a hair extension. Spinners do everything they can to try avoid the Mayor’s thinning hair from being seen, but they did not do very well on Channel 4 News last night:

Will his chances of reaching No.10 recede with his hairline?[…]

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WATCH: Boris Fails IQ Test

Well this morning’s Call Boris on LBC could hardly have gone any worse. Who could have predicted that Nick Ferrari would ambush him with an IQ test? Not the Mayor, it seems:

He didn’t fare much better on tube ticket prices either:

No one could have seen that coming.[…]

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Lammy's London Policy is Off the Rails

Fiercely bright London Mayor hopeful David Lammy has come up with an ingenious plan to help London’s commuters while on a fact-finding mission to Paris:

Guido cannot envisage a single problem with this plan.[…]

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Boris 2.0

Could we see another posh blond bombshell replace Boris Johnson? As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, TV adventurer Ben Fogle says he wants to swap Countryfile for the city as Mayor of London. And with Seb Coe, Alan Sugar, Eddie Izzard et al it’s not as if there aren’t enough celebs considering their options.[…]

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Bald Boris Update

The clearest sign yet BoJo is going bald:

Maybe he’s been pulling his hair out over the latest Boris bus blunder.[…]

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Boris Comes Out Against Free School Meals Expansion Mayor Rules Out Third Term in City Hall

Speaking to Guido after his speech at the Institute of Directors this morning, the Mayor of London publicly criticised plans to massively expand free school meals for children:

“I tell you, it would be very easy to say, I think.. I think that it’s real you know errr I, what I think is there should be compulsion to eat the school meal, but I am in no means against getting parents who can pay for to pay for it.”

He added, “I have no problem with the concept of dinner money.” When Guido pushed him on his position, asking directly whether rich parents should be subsidised, the Mayor replied: “No well… Look I’m sure the government have a very good reason for doing it.” Quite what that is remains a mystery to many Tories…

Coincidently, the Boris ruled out running for a third term in City Hall:

“I can rule that out, I can rule everything out”.

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Diane Abbott Talks Up London Mayor Bid

As if Gorgeous George was not bad enough, Diane Abbott is flirting with a run at London mayor. She has been coy about the possibility before, today telling Progress why she would be a choice candidate. For some reason she is against Labour’s plan for a primary, insisting “it doesn’t make any sense”.[…]

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George Galloway "Exploring" Bid for Mayor of London "I Can Win, Yeah"

That well known Londoner George Galloway is preparing a bid for Mayor of London in 2016. In an interview with the Artist Taxi Driver, the MP for Bradford coughed:

“I have a committee exploring it now. It’s a shrunken field – Boris Johnson won’t be running.

[…]

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