In response to Laura Perrins: Thatcher and Boris – compare and contrast,

WhiteSkye wrote:

Is Boris lazy and not conscientious? OK, being overweight and dishevelled does appear lazy, but I cannot see how anyone who has had the self-discipline to write a number of books, nine or ten, on top of working as an MP and Mayor of London, could be lazy and lacking in conscientiousness.

Then, I left a YouTube video on here, a recording of Boris the Foreign Secretary standing beside John Kerry and speaking. Kerry told the audience of journalists that the US Ambassador to the EU had been at Oxford with Boris while he was President of the Oxford Union.

Kerry told them the US Ambassador advised that Boris was ‘a very smart and capable man’.

Given some of those who have been Prime Minister since Maggie could be described as not the brightest bulbs, then having someone who at least has some intellect could be a good start.

I have never been a Boris fanatic, but now believe he should be given a chance. He cannot be worse than May and if he has a few good men around him, The Mogg, John Redwood and other true conservatives, we might get somewhere.

At least I doubt that Boris would exclude anyone of quality from his team that he sees as a potential competitor!

Only necessary to watch the first few minutes.

Rhoda Klapp wrote:

It doesn’t matter that Boris is not Thatcher. It matters whether he will be any good. However it seems to me that his priority will be to keep the Tories alive, and that means together, and that means compromise with the wettest and most venal of them, and keeping acknowledged remainers on board. That’s no good to me. I would rather have Nigel’s earthquake, a radical reform of the system and let the chips fall where they may. I don’t want to go to status quo ante.

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