I am usually busy with a higher power on Sunday mornings so I never watch the Andrew Marr show. However I heard that there was some ‘good TV’ to be had and that ‘Boris was on great form’ so I took the opportunity to watch it on iplayer.
I watched and was not surprised to see Boris torn to shreds by Ed Miliband. What is it about Boris that I just do not get? Many conservatives adore him and his buffoonery ways. They find it endearing and charming. I find it baffling. Is this the British equivalent of Sarah Palin and her popular ‘folksy way?’
Listen up fellow conservatives. The Emperor has no clothes. Let’s call a spade a spade. Boris was bumbling, Boris was baffling and made Ed Miliband – yes Ed Miliband – seem coherent and sophisticated.
Who was that dark and handsome politician sitting beside the man who could not finish a sentence? He knows what he’s talking about, I thought to myself. Miliband nailed Boris on the issue of Lynton Crosby. If – as Marr says – this is a prelude of things to come with Ed as PM and Boris as leader of the Conservatives at PMQs then it will be a disaster for the Tories.
We also must consider that, if Boris was ever to become PM, he would be our statesman. We would have to send him out into the world, representing the British people and negotiating with leaders such a Vladimir Putin.
Boris will be negotiating with Angela Merkel, who not only is far more experienced than Boris but also, to use a complicated political term, has got her sh*t together. Boris decidedly has not.
Why do we conservatives put up with people like Boris, from the same tired line of elite, when the US conservatives will not only have a blood bath of a primary to elect their leader, but also get to choose from people like Rand Paul?
Rand Paul is a US Senator and has declared for the Republicans. He is a trained ophthalmologist, and now and again carries out eye operations for poorer patients pro bono.
Boris once edited a magazine. Not many similarities there.
While at University, Rand was a fierce anti-government thinker and campaigned with his father, who was also a politician. Boris on the other hand joined the Bullingdon club and drank a lot. I could go on.
The point is, being leader of the Conservative Party, and indeed PM, is not a hobby. This is not something you just do because you quite fancy it as one of your mates from school was also PM and, heck, he barely tried between all the chillaxing and school runs.
In contrast, I get the sense that Ed Miliband thinks he can do some good for Britain as PM, make a contribution etc, etc. He is wrong on this of course but you have the feeling he has a sense of mission. Boris with his bumbling, buffoonery and incoherence believes he is entitled to the job because his name is Boris Johnson.
He is not and the party should swiftly disabuse him of this notion.