Boris for PM

August 27th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

London Mayor will seek to become a Member of Parliament in west London at next year’s general election, his spokesman says, raising the prospect of a future run at becoming prime minister.

Johnson, known for his unkempt shock of blond hair and frequent gaffes, hopes to be selected as the Conservative Party candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, a seat the party has held since 1970, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

This is exciting news. Boris as an MP again will either become Prime Minister or explode in a spectacular scandal, probably involving several women.

Johnson has always publicly played down his chances of eventually becoming prime minister, saying they were about as good as those “of finding Elvis on Mars or my being reincarnated as an olive”.

The King is alive!

A poll in June 2014 showed his approvalĀ rating as Mayor was 64% good and 27% poor. Even Labour and Lib Dem voters are more likely to say he is doing well than poor.

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12 Responses to “Boris for PM”

  1. Southern Raider (1,831 comments) says:

    Does this mean Red Ken gets back in as Mayor?

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  2. Yogibear (366 comments) says:

    As much as I like Boris, he has the personality type ideally suited to local government and entirely unsuited to a Cabinet role in central government.

    The NZ equivalent would be to have Tim Shadbolt or Michael Laws as PM.

    Or Wintson Peters

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  3. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    I seriously doubt that Boris will ever be PM. He simply lacks any sense of seriousness.

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  4. kowtow (8,522 comments) says:

    Boris is a”wet”, a progressive, he makes a lot of noises that some people like but will never come though with what Britain needs. Britain is in desperate need of a true conservative with the interests of the British people placed first.That aint Boris.He’s a buffoon.

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  5. stephen2d (83 comments) says:

    The only way to stop the UKIP (the actual UK version of Winston First) is to have Boris as PM. This is the only hope for both Conservatives and Labour, as I don’t see Milliband as a serious contender to chair even a Bridge tournament in his local Gentlemen’s Club.

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  6. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    The UK are demonstrating what we already know from NZ. To win elections you have to have a likeable leader. John Key v’s Cunliffe. Cameron isn’t likeable, but luckily for him Miliband is even less likeable. Same in Aus with Abbott and Gillard, it was competition of who people disliked the least. Whereas Turnbull would be the sort of guy who could do a John Key. The first part of any change of the country is to get into power. The next step is to implement sensible policies taking the people with you so you can keep getting into power. Boris could be the first part of that, and he’s actually quite smart whilst also instinctively knowing what people will and won’t accept – he could be a big part of the second as well.

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  7. Ed Snack (1,883 comments) says:

    PaulL, the trouble is that Turnbull was/is very popular with Labor voters in Australia (who won’t vote for him anyway) and not with Liberal voters (who won’t vote for him anyway), so will never be PM unless the Liberals have a brain fart and elect him as leader. He’s only talked up in Australia as he was the main publicly discussed alternative to Tony Abbot, so talking up Turnbull was yet another way to attack TA.

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  8. Odakyu-sen (676 comments) says:

    ” Boris as an MP again will either become Prime Minister or explode in a spectacular scandal, probably involving several women.”

    Would that be several women consecutively or all at once?

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  9. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    @Ed Snack: I disagree. I think there’s a real possibility that Tony Abbott can’t win the next election. A lot of people loathe him, some of whom would otherwise be Liberal voters. It’s hard to hold together 50% + 1 vote with him as leader, and he’s not performing very well in the job so far. Hockey has done very poorly as Treasurer, so I think he’s no longer a contender for leader. That leaves Turnbull or Bishop.

    I think there could be a real opportunity for Abbott to take a bunch of hard decisions and ram them through, then the Libs can roll him and make Turnbull leader, and go to the election blaming Abbott for all the tough stuff, whilst still riding on the economic success that it would create. I doubt they’re smart enough to do it though – they are conservatives after all, so logically they’ll not change leader unless they have no other choice (unlike Labour).

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  10. Ed Snack (1,883 comments) says:

    Paul, I agree that the Libs *could* turn to Turnbull, but he’s much “wetter” than Abbott (who is painted as a super dry but in practice is not at all); Turnbull would be the furthest left of all the leading Libs, and I don’t see that as a winning option for the Libs.

    Abbott’s major problem (apart from a recalcitrant Senate and the attention seeking clown Palmer) is that he (and the party) made far too many stupid promises before the election. And many were genuinely stupid and not necessary, there was (as I see it anyway) a huge opportunity to capitalize on the very shaky finances under Gillard/Rudd and make all promises contingent on what they found when the controlled the treasury. As a bonus this enables them to turn all the subsequent “we can’t afford that” decisions into attacks on Labor’s piss poor financial management and waste. Because they made all the promises that the struggle to keep, the attention is all on them. It was, IMHO, a stunningly incompetent “own goal” of a policy that they ran.

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  11. Redbaiter (9,098 comments) says:

    Kowtow is right. Boris is just an idiot Prog who has no business being in the Conservative Party.

    Unless you can commit to support for the traditional married patriarchal family unit and a small weak low taxing low spending unobtrusive govt then you’re ideological home is a left wing party.

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  12. PaulL (5,987 comments) says:

    Yes, and even what they have done has been done incompetently. Their attempts to sell their budget have been comical. Sure, Labor are putting the boot into them every second, and the Senate are out of control. But those things are not unexpected and cannot be controlled by the Libs. They things they do control have been a bit amateur hour – they haven’t tried hard enough to control the debate.

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