Wednesday, December 05, 2007

I like Boris...

... because he has a sense of humour, as demonstrated in James Cleverly's report of Boris's Christmas Party, at a Star Wars exhibition.
Boris said that he was proud to be running for Mayor of the greatest city in the world, then looking at the various spacecraft and aliens of the exhibition added "probably the greatest city in the universe, and if I've upset some city in a far off galaxy I'm sure I'll be sent there to apologise".

We are amused...

21 comments:

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

I like him, too, and I tend to have a very high tolerance for his occasional mistakes. I was a bit unnerved by his recent pronouncement on plastic bags, though...

tyger said...

Hmmm.

I like Boris. I love his passion and his intelligence. But is he really mayor-material? This is fucking London FFS!

Why are both mainstream candidates charismatic baboons? Can't the world's capital come up with an internationally-recognised city manager - in the Bloomberg, Billström or Ishihara mould?

Surely being mayor of London is on par with being PM or president of a small country? Aren't we being outrageously unambitious?

Livingstone and Boris are both poor choices.

Newmania said...

Boris is a good choice and London is not a country , most of it has nothing to do with the rest if it and does not want to be bullied by an EU regional guff producing extra Layer of Government. Boris would be a great choice and is , in fact a magnificent fellow in every way

I agree with DK

tyger said...

...and London is not a country - newmania

Well, duh!

most of it has nothing to do with the rest if it and does not want to be bullied by an EU regional guff producing extra Layer of Government. ~ newmania

I have no idea what this means. Is Boris taking London out of the EU? Why is the EU relevant to this post?

Boris would be a great choice and is , in fact a magnificent fellow in every way ~ newmania

Te hehe. That's hilarious. He may well be a "magnificent fellow", but this isn't the Empire, you sound like General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett. Other than running a magazine, what executive experience does he have?

Mark Wadsworth said...

One mistake that all these mayoral candidates make is trying to appeal to "Londonders" and secondly, imagining that it is possible - in times of free migration - for the Mayor to improve the lot of people who live here in the long term.

AFAICS, most people who live in London are not Londonders at all (whether from elsewhere in UK, like me, or from elsewhere in world).

London is, quite possibly, the best city in the world, frankly who cares?, what people who live here want is less crime, better public transport etc.

Once that is achieved, it will suck in more people from outside London, so public transport will ALWAYS be overcrowded. And more people, on the whole, means more crime.

So it is an eternally moving target. And don't get me started on these fucking useless ideas about more affordable housing. That really will just suck in more welfare claimants and criminals.

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

Other than running a magazine, what executive experience does he have?

Probably not as much as the incumbent, and he's marvellous, isn't he?

Budgie said...

tyger said "Why is the EU relevant to this post?"

Because the central government for London (and the rest of the UK) is in Brussels.

tyger said...

Because the central government for London (and the rest of the UK) is in Brussels. ~ budgie

I repeat: "I have no idea what this means. Is Boris taking London out of the EU? Why is the EU relevant to this post?"

How exactly is BJ the Mayor-Bear going to change this? Truth is: he will not.

Probably not as much as the incumbent, and he's marvellous, isn't he? ~ Machiavelli's Understudy

That's not really an answer, is it? Red Ken's performance is of course up for debate (personally I think he's an embarrassment for London), but the question is about Boris.

Your argument is: Ken is shit, BJ is better. Wow whoop-de-fucking-do!

Really, what suitable experience does he have? Why must politics trump competence? Why must political parties keep promoting politicos, rather than professionals? Where is the choice?

I'd like to see an exec - party political or not - be up for the job.

Of course, maybe I'm wrong. Maybe a media editor can surround himself with experience and talent. I hope so. I'd just like some meat on the bone.

All this nonsense is party political. Forget that bollocks. This is about competence.

ThunderDragon said...

You could put forward a fantastic manager, but unless they can get elected it just doesn't matter!

Budgie said...

Tyger repeats "I repeat: "I have no idea what this means. Is Boris taking London out of the EU? Why is the EU relevant to this post?""

No one said that 'Boris' is taking London out of the EU. So the answer to your first question is 'No'.

The reasons that the EU is relevant to this post are that the EU is our central government now (as I said); and 'London' is one of the 9 EU regions of the UK. Boris will therefore be dancing to the 'EU of the regions tune'. Unfortunately. If he becomes mayor.

Longrider said...

Politics and competence... Now there's a novel idea. I doubt it will catch on, though.

Newmania said...

...and London is not a country - newmania

Well, duh!


Tyger you pea brain that was in answer to your suggestion that London`s position ‘was’ to be equated with a small country . There is has no coherence between its inhabitants and the 9,000,000 in its theoretical limits are just "Some people"Its tradition is local and national both of which the overmightly GLA is a deliberate attempt to undermine . It does not need a an unwieldy GLA or GLC this is because.. well I weary ...You obviously know nothing about the debate on the GLAs future ... clue...Coucils ...clue ....local Government . Think tiger just try it ...go on

Is Boris taking London out of the EU? Why is the EU relevant to this post?


Now there s a surprise. London is an ‘EU’ region with devolved powers . EU regional Policy has the intention of corrupting the integrity of the nation by dealing directly with regions within it . I admit that this sly agenda escapes the majority but it is all too clear and I `m sure even you can follow the rationale . There is much literature available . Google it clown

Other than running a magazine, what executive experience does he have?


Running a magazine ( brilliantly ) would be more executive experience that 99% of the Labour Party and most of the Conservative Party nowadays . Ken did about a week as a teacher before signing up to parasitical local government unaccountability. He has never had any sort of real job and and if you call that executive experience then it is of the sort where doing it badly works as well as doing it well. As far as the deliberately archaic language I use is concerned , if you spoke English as a first language you would have detected the insipient irony. You seem to think you are in the 1960s when those of the right regret Suez daily and the Labour Party had some principles if wrong ones ,you boring nonce





" This is about competence."


No it is not. It is about poltics.It is about leaseholders in London and their fight with the gangsters of Lonodons hard left housing establishment, Planning permissions forced through via the GLA, the influence of the largest direct electorate in the UK, the centalsising of local government and the place of London as the holding cell for immigration on a mass cell as well a every other social problem coveniently hidden in the urban wasteland.
If you require some information on the arrogant treatment of tax payers by Ken I can furnish it but I feel the blank cheque he wrote for the Olympics is going to be the worst of themn all.


I mean this in a kindly and collegiate spirit Tyger but you really a tragic cunt

Rory Meakin said...

I'm not sure why having been an exsecutive of some corporate is so important. Boris has just the right experience: he has managed a very small organisation, which is what the GLA should be!

More importantly, he is:
a) Sound on most things. Even when he squirmed on drugs on the interview with Iain Dale on 18DS, you could see his instincts were sound. The man can't be perfect: he has to get votes.
b) Splendid. He's a delight to hear and see, which needs comparison to Newt's nasal whine.

Even if you aren't charmed by him, the choice is between him and Ken. I doubt there will be a better minor party candidate, either.

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tyger said...

I mean this in a kindly and collegiate spirit Tyger but you really a tragic cunt ~ newmania

Have you finally used up all the insults from your book of swearwords?

Are you 12?

You seem to think you are in the 1960s when those of the right regret Suez daily and the Labour Party had some principles if wrong ones

Why do people insist on telling me what I think? *yawn* I'm afraid I was born in 1978, and hardly someone who gives much of a shit about the Labour Party. Much as that might burst the bubble.

"Boring nonce"?

11, then?

Actually, among the personal attacks, you make some interesting points. Which, after all, is all I asked. Quite why you had to show off to your friends, with a quite exquisite display of juvenile language, is beyond me.

I do suppose you're a big man. Or a very small one with a computer and a bumper book of swearwords. Ciao.

Newmania said...

Tsk some people are so thin skinned

tyger said...

Dude, you've been played.

Totally.

verity said...

Boris simply isn't strong enough or committed enough to win. His moral standards are all over the place - extra-marital girlfriend, gets her pregnant, girlfriend kills the baby. Heigh ho! On to the next!

Also, he's a one-trick pony.

Around - what? - 40%? of the people in our capital are not British but are ethnic immigrants/passers-through who have no investment in our capital city or our society. Are they going to be won over by Boris? Will they understand English? Will they understand his accent? Will they understand his humour?

I think he was a terrible choice. First, he isn't committed to anything except himself. Second, he has no interest in anyone except ... himself.

He doesn't want to govern London. He doesn't want the long hours day after day, week after week and endless late nights in the company of people he doesn't like. He's not a political operator as Livingstone is. His lack of profile demonstrates this. And Boris is averse to hard work.

He has no hunger at all to be the mayor of London.

Newmania said...

Verity.- Boris was the only candidate with a chance of beating Ken as we see form their vicious efforts to divert GLA cash into Blink the effnik campaigning group to smear him. This was before he was selected.
Brown and his tribe of bores tell everyone how hard they work but as what they do is usually the wrong thing a long holiday would have been so much better.

Actually is this really Verity ?Now we have to have faux puritans fiddling with the book of rules all night .He doesn`t have to govern London , the National GOverment and the Boroughs could and should do most of it . Its a liaising enabling PR role and he is perfect for it

Jeez you think Ken works , yes , if you call going to Venezuala , India and China, work...what is the point . Boris will go to the people we deal with and he has already visited more Boroughhs than Ken ever has .

I have met Boris and he was very kind and helpful to our association. He probably does have a Orca sized ego , but meek polticians are not all that common

Ina said...

Given the link to James Cleverly's blog, I did a little statistical sampling on the tags he uses on his posts.

Results came out quite interesting:

#1 - Spin (82 posts)

#4 - Fun (62 posts)



#10 - David Cameron (39 posts)

#23 - Campaigning (20 posts)

#27 - Bexley [his constituency] (14 posts)



#39 - Islam (2 posts)

#40 - Darfur (1 posts)

#40 - Human Rights Act (1 posts)

#40 - Spice Girls (1 posts)

#40 - Russia (1 posts)

#40 - Women (1 posts)

http://www.tiedyeina.com/2008/03/politicians-priorities.html for a bit more on that :)