We had a huge – and divided – response to Kathy Gyngell’s article Showman Bojo is getting his mojo back yesterday. Here is a selection of your views:
No HS2…No EU wrote:
To those that find fault with Boris . . . Who doesn’t have faults, yet what we have at present is a nightmare of mediocrity and what is offered by Labour is way worse than even that.
The major job as of now is to leave the EU, for that we need a Brexiteer. Boris fits that bill, as does JRM.
Boris connects with the electorate here in a similar way that Trump did in the States. Neither are conventional politicians which in the present climate goes down well as the public seems to be fed up with most of them. He certainly would get my support (unless Farage comes back to UKIP).
Boris is very good as an outsider, using his phrase-turning to hold power to ridicule. But that doesn’t make him much of a statesman; lest we forget, when the pressure is on his instinct is to bottle it. Lots of talk, not so much action. But he’d still be a better PM than May.
Boris was a very successful mayor of London for two terms, showing he can gather a wide range of opinion and govern sensibly. London is far bigger than most EU states? What’s not to like? Jealousy seeps from the pores of the MPs monstering him, and Gove is no doubt angling for the middle candidate but he is now a fully fledged Remainer of the Chequers type, and a serial turncoat, ask the fishermen. Boris’s Telegraph weekly slot is sensible statesmanlike stuff, no more comedic cover up for his Etonian background as was necessary in the past. He is the only hope for a clean Brexit now.
Our best hope remains that this man is installed in Downing Street before 29 March 2019.
Coram Deo wrote:
I seem to remember Boris found his mojo (eventually) in the middle of the BREXIT campaign . . . then lost it again soon after coming to office. He sold his own soul and the country for a Cabinet post. He did not even show any aptitude for his official office.
There is no reason whatsoever to believe he would not do the same again, however much self-interest now motivates him to improve his own standing.
I don’t believe the country sees him as potential for anything other than perhaps returning to the post of Mayor of London in place of the present Khan. I have sadly come to the conclusion that there are no real men left in the UK – only commentators!
‘Showman’ about sums him up. Why would we want a showman as leader? The man is a charlatan and a liar (which is what got him sacked as a journalist). Perhaps he is popular with the Conservative party. But that isn’t really saying anything.
Boris tops the latest Conservative Home membership poll to replace Mrs May despite our still not knowing whether he really is a brainy buffoon or just pretending. There’s a yearning to see him as the new Churchill poised to overthrow the appeasers, rescue us from the Munich at Chequers and blow John Bullishly past those continental pansies. And yet, and yet. He’s had two goes at the HoC and made no impression. He deserves our hosannahs for having made Brexit possible but still leaves the impression that putting him in No 10 would be a huge risk because of doubts about his leadership abilities. Mrs May should be blown out of there as soon as someone can bring himself to light the damn fuse but it’s not clear Boris should be the choice to succeed her.
Inspiring stuff, but how big an audience is he expecting to reach in the Spectator? A great pity that his speech in Parliament was so lacklustre.
Sean Toddington wrote:
‘A nice bit of family man positioning’: Boris as family man is about as credible as Hannibal Lecter as a vegan.