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28-11-2013, 03:26 PM
Boris Johnson has launched a bold bid to claim the mantle of Margaret Thatcher by declaring that inequality is essential to fostering "the spirit of envy" and hailed greed as a "valuable spur to economic activity".

In an attempt to shore up his support on the Tory right, as he positions himself as the natural successor to David Cameron, the London mayor called for the "Gordon Gekkos of London" to display their greed to promote economic growth.

Delivering the annual Margaret Thatcher lecture, Johnson also called for the return of a form of grammar schools.
Read on: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/nov/27/boris-johnson-thatcher-greed-good

I think Boris is one of the most slimy and dangerous characters in British politics because he has managed to cultivate a persona which many people find appealing.

28-11-2013, 03:36 PM
He acts that much of a dope I dont see how anyone could take him seriously. The reason he is so appealing is that he comes across as a fool in some quarters..

From wikipeidia

-Several expense claims for very short taxi journeys were submitted by the Mayor, many of which included charges for taxis to wait several hours for the Mayor to use them with the meter running (for example, a return journey from City Hall to Elephant and Castle – a journey of 3 miles – which cost £99.50).[81]

There are questions about whether some of this expenditure was allowed under GLA rules, which state taxis should be used only when there is no feasible public transport alternative and which ban paying taxis to wait more than 20 minutes.

-In 2011, Johnson gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, comparing a 19% re-offending rate among those released from the Feltham Young Offenders' Institution to the then national average of around 78%. The chair of the UK Statistics Authority Sir Michael Scholar, who served as private secretary to former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the early 1980s, wrote to the committee's chair Keith Vaz MP to tell him the figures Johnson had quoted to a panel of MPs "do not appear to stand up to scrutiny". When Joanne McCartney, a Labour member of the London Assembly, questioned Johnson's use of the statistic, Johnson replied: "There's this guy Scholar writing me letters who sounds ... like some sort of Labour stooge."[85] Johnson later admitted that his officials told him of "caveats" around the data, but pointed out that the revised re-offending rate for the institution of 39% was still substantially lower than the national average.

-In February 2013, during a London Assembly meeting following the publication of the 2014 budget for London, Johnson was ejected from the meeting following a vote and on the grounds that his Deputy Victoria Borwick had left the chamber. Upon realising that the vote meant that he would not be questioned on the budget, Johnson referred to his political opponents as 'great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies

-Johnson was criticised in 1995, when a recording of a telephone conversation made in 1990 was made public, in which he is heard agreeing under pressure to supply to a former schoolmate, Darius Guppy, the private address and telephone number of the News of the World journalist Stuart Collier. There is no evidence that Johnson supplied the requested information, even though he promised under duress that he would. Guppy wished to have Collier beaten up for attempting to smear members of his family.[112][113] Collier was not attacked, but Johnson did not alert the police and the incident became public knowledge only when a transcript of the conversation was published in the Mail on Sunday.[114] Johnson retained his job at the Telegraph but was reprimanded by its editor Max Hastings.[1]

'Theft' of cigar case

Johnson has been investigated by the police for the 'theft', in 2003, of a cigar case belonging to Tariq Aziz, an associate of Saddam Hussein, which Johnson had found in the rubble of Aziz's house in Baghdad. Aziz is currently in prison in Iraq, having been convicted of ordering the summary execution of 42 merchants. He faces other charges in relation to the brutal suppression of the Shia Muslim uprising after the first 1991 Gulf War. At the time, Johnson wrote an article in the Daily Telegraph, stating he had taken the cigar case and would return it to its owner upon request.[115] Despite this admission in 2003, Johnson received no indication from the police that he was being investigated for theft until 2008, leading supporters of Johnson to express suspicion that the investigation coincided with his candidacy for the position of London Mayor. "This is a monumental waste of time", said Johnson.[116] On 24 June 2008, Johnson was forced to hand the cigar case over to police while they carried out enquiries into whether the Iraq (UN Sanctions) Order 2003 had been breached.[117]

People of Liverpool

On 16 October 2004, The Spectator carried an unsigned editorial[118] comment criticising a perceived trend to mawkish sentimentality by the public. Using British hostage Kenneth Bigley as an example, the editorial claimed the inhabitants of Bigley's home city of Liverpool were wallowing in a "vicarious victimhood"; that many Liverpudlians had a "deeply unattractive psyche"; and that they refused to accept responsibility for "drunken fans at the back of the crowd who mindlessly tried to fight their way into the ground" during the Hillsborough disaster, a contention at odds with the findings of the Taylor Report. The editorial closed with: "In our maturity as a civilisation, we should accept that we can cut out the cancer of ignorant sentimentality without diminishing, as in this case, our utter disgust at a foul and barbaric act of murder."

Although Johnson had not written the piece (journalist Simon Heffer later said he "had a hand" in it), he accepted responsibility for its publication.[119] The Conservative leader at the time, Michael Howard (a supporter of Liverpool FC), condemned the editorial, saying "I think what was said in The Spectator was nonsense from beginning to end", and sent Johnson on a tour of contrition to the city.[120] There, in numerous interviews and public appearances, Johnson defended the editorial's thesis (that the deaths of figures such as Bigley and Diana, Princess of Wales, were over-sentimentalised); but he apologised for the article's wording and for using Liverpool and Bigley's death as examples, saying "I think the article was too trenchantly expressed but we were trying to make a point about sentimentality". Michael Howard resisted calls to dismiss Johnson over the Bigley affair, but dismissed him the next month over the Wyatt revelations.

Petronella Wyatt affair

In 2004, British newspapers reported that Johnson had had a four-year affair with Petronella Wyatt.[121] The affair, which had been well hinted at in UK newspaper gossip columns, included passionate London taxi cab rides around St John's Wood during which they would ask the cab driver to insert cassette tapes of Wyatt singing Puccini.[122] Although Johnson had promised to leave his wife,[123] after a break-up, they had rekindled their relationship during which Wyatt had become pregnant and then had an abortion. This resulted in her mother discovering the affair and reporting it to the press.[121] Johnson was sacked from his shadow cabinet post by Michael Howard, not because of the affair but because he had lied about it.[121]

Damian Green arrest

Johnson was informed in advance of the arrest of Conservative MP Damian Green and told acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson that he did not regard the arrest as 'common sense policing'.[124] A spokesman for Johnson says he told Stephenson he would need to see "convincing evidence that this action was necessary and proportionate," and that it would be better for police to spend their time preventing gun and knife crimes.[125] As chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority, Johnson's position means he is not permitted to be involved in operational matters. Additionally Johnson is prohibited by Section 3, Paragraph 2(d) of the London Assembly Code of Conduct from doing anything that compromises the impartiality of a police officer. Andy Hayman, former Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, commented that Johnson "was informed of the Green arrest in his position as chairman of the police authority but chose to react in the role of prominent Tory politician" and called Johnson's actions "political interference in operational policing."[126]

A formal complaint against Johnson was filed on 6 December by Len Duvall, alleging that Johnson "is guilty of four 'clear and serious' code of conduct breaches by speaking to Green, an arrested suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation, and publicly prejudging the outcome of the police inquiry following a private briefing by senior officers" and that Johnson has brought the office of Mayor "into disrepute".[127] Johnson admitted to telephoning Green after he had been bailed, an action which Duvall, a former Metropolitan Police Authority chairman, described as "absolutely astonishing and inappropriate," while Stephenson said it would be "entirely inappropriate" to prejudge an inquiry. Johnson had stated that he "had a 'hunch'" that Green would not be charged.[128] The formal complaint gave investigators ten days to decide whether to submit Johnson to formal inquiry by the Standards Board for England, where a guilty verdict could have seen him suspended or removed as Mayor of London, or banned from public office for up to five years.[127]

On 7 January 2009, several sources reported that the Greater London Authority and the Metropolitan Police Authority had decided to pursue a formal investigation of Johnson in-house.[129][130] The GLA could have imposed a maximum penalty of three months' suspension from office if it had found Johnson guilty.[129] However, on 24 February 2009 the GLA announced that Johnson had been found not guilty on all counts.[131] However, despite clearing Johnson of any charges, investigator Jonathan Goolden said Johnson had been "extraordinary and unwise" in his actions and should be more careful in the future.[132]

On 16 April 2009, the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it was not going to bring a case against either Damian Green or Galley, the Home Office civil servant who passed data to Mr Green, as there was "insufficient evidence" for either to face charges. This followed the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee criticising Home Office civil servants for prompting the investigation by using "exaggerated" claims about the implications for national security that the leaks held.

"Chicken feed" remark

In a July 2009 interview with Stephen Sackur on the BBC programme HARDtalk, Johnson referred to the £250,000 per annum income he receives from his side job as a columnist for The Daily Telegraph as "chicken feed," suggesting that he wrote the columns "as a way of relaxation ... on a Sunday morning," and that he wrote "very fast" so the columns did not take time away from his duties as Mayor.[133] These comments were widely criticised, since the UK was at the time in economic recession and £250,000 is roughly 10 times the current average yearly wage for a worker in the UK.[134]

Responding to these comments, and in reaction to an upcoming restructuring exercise in which more than 100 jobs were expected to be eliminated at City Hall, the trade union UNISON, which represents 350 GLA staff, staged a protest featuring a "penned-up chicken man" being pelted with chicken feed by a Johnson lookalike in a pig mask.[135]

Veronica Wadley

In October 2009, it was alleged that Johnson had selected former Evening Standard editor Veronica Wadley as head of the Arts Council For London because of her support for his candidacy during his 2008 mayoral campaign.[136] Wadley was described by Liz Forgan, head of the Arts Council, as being "manifestly less qualified than three of her competitors", adding that she had "almost no arts credibility" and that she had been rejected in the first round of interviews by both Forgan and David Durie, being favoured only by Johnson's Cultural Advisor Munira Mirza. Johnson wrote to Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw that he felt Wadley's "fundraising skills and views on music education made her the obvious candidate."[137]

Helen Macintyre

Johnson committed a "minor technical breach of the code of conduct" in failing "to formally disclose his relationship with unpaid City Hall adviser Helen Macintyre", the standards panel of the Greater London Authority found on 15 December 2010.[138]

The mayor's office insisted that Macintyre's appointment was part of a "thorough, transparent process",[139] and the standards panel deemed it an "oversight" not so serious as to require censure.[138] Johnson fathered a child with Macintyre in 2009.[140] It emerged on 21 May 2013 that Macintyre had lost an appeal against a July 2012 High Court ruling rejecting an application for a privacy injunction.[141] The Court of Appeal reaffirmed that it was in the "public interest" for the paternity of their daughter to be openly known.[140]

St Patrick's Day celebrations

In an interview for the New Statesman in February 2012 he criticised London's St Patrick's Day gala dinner celebrations. Linking them to Sinn Féin, he branded the event as 'Lefty crap'.[142] He subsequently apologised for the remarks.[143]

Remarks about women in Malaysian universities

Boris Johnson was present at the launch of the World Islamic Economic Forum in London in July 2013, where he answered questions alongside Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and other public figures.[144][145][146] Responding to a question about women in the Islamic world, Razak said, "Before coming here, my officials have told me that the latest university intake in Malaysia, a Muslim country, 68% will be women entering our universities."[144][145][146] Johnson then interrupted and said, "They've got to find men to marry." The remark elicited laughter and groans, and was later criticised by women who attended the event and others who were offended.[144][145][146] Pippa Crerar, political correspondent for the London Evening Standard, was at the event and wrote that it was "a stupid comment" but "clearly a joke and was met with the groans it deserved".[144]

After controversy erupted, Johnson issued a statement: "Some people seem to have misconstrued something I said at a press conference 5 days ago, about relative male underachievement in university entrance. It is utterly ludicrous and infuriating to suggest that I think women go to University to find a husband. I was merely pointing out something that I've said several times before — that with a graduate cohort 68 per cent female you intensify the phenomenon sociologists identify as assortative mating." [145] A source at City Hall described the comment as "off the cuff and completely light-hearted".[147]

28-11-2013, 05:28 PM
We already know that Boris Johnson is a Thatcherite. Tories, like the Finne Gwael supporters in Éire, believe that the middle class are better quality people than the working class. They also excuse wide differentials in remuneration with the claim that rare talent such as bankers, entrepreneurs, political leaders, lawyers, hospital consultants, and so forth, will all emigrate to Singapore if they are not paid 50 to 100 times the income of ordinary workers such as tellers, shop assistants, doormen, police, nurses, etc.

03-12-2013, 10:58 AM
Boris Johnson gets his backside handed to him on LBC when he's faced with some IQ test questions. Class piece of broadcasting and a reminder once again that politicians get treated with far too much respect in the Irish media.

09-12-2013, 03:18 PM

Boris may mean well but the brain doesnt seem engaged when talking....

26-08-2014, 12:56 PM
Boris is going to stand for Parliament in Uxbridge at the next GE. Mind your back, David.

26-08-2014, 01:03 PM
Actually sometimes you can forget just how much of a reactionary nutter he is. He wants a change in the law to overturn that fanciful old notion that people are innocent until proven guilty.


26-08-2014, 08:36 PM
OMG, if the Brits actually vote him in as PM, we might as well stick an "abandon hope all ye who enter here" sign over the entrances to the ferry ports...

Here, the rules tend to be interpreted with common sense, compassion, and a degree of laxity.

There, there is a particular class of petty bureaucrat who get psychosexual thrills from enforcing the Rules (and their own power and status), I am convinced. God help the "lower social orders" if Bozzer gets that one past the Commons. And he might. There's a lot of "reactionary" in Blighty. Awful lot of people who spend their time worrying about others "getting away" with things.

And, of course, the EU stifling Britain's glory etc

"The floggings will continue until morale improves"

26-08-2014, 09:36 PM
OMG, if the Brits actually vote him in as PM, we might as well stick an "abandon hope all ye who enter here" sign over the entrances to the ferry ports...

Here, the rules tend to be interpreted with common sense, compassion, and a degree of laxity.

There, there is a particular class of petty bureaucrat who get psychosexual thrills from enforcing the Rules (and their own power and status), I am convinced. God help the "lower social orders" if Bozzer gets that one past the Commons. And he might. There's a lot of "reactionary" in Blighty. Awful lot of people who spend their time worrying about others "getting away" with things.

And, of course, the EU stifling Britain's glory etc

"The floggings will continue until morale improves"

My guess is Labour and particularly the creeping-up Greens who got an impressive 7% of the euro vote will dominate the next government in Britain. The Tories are on a steady slide and the Liberal Democrats have betrayed their liberal left vote. The Green vote is significant-they have three times as many seats in Brussels now as the Lib Dems and got 1.2 million votes. They are Britain's fourth biggest party in the euros and the opinion polls. UKIP will likely win some seats but they struggle to win at all in Britain's gerrymandered system, and the Greens have experience in the Parliament there and should return a few dozen seats in more leftwing areas.

I'm not saying Boris's day won't come. If Cameron loses the election, it will come pretty soon in fact.

26-08-2014, 09:47 PM
I do hope you're right, but I have a ghastly sinking feeling UKIP will do rather well. But, I reiterate, that is a pleasantly optimistic view. The Lib Dems are totally toast.

"The floggings will continue until morale improves"