Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Boris Johnson – the darling of the Conservative Party Conference

Cranmer is not going to discuss the Darling who has spitefully attempted to upstage the Conservatives in Manchester. That Darling is no proper darling: there is nothing endearing, winsome or lovable about him.

No, Cranmer wishes to talk of the Conference darling.

It used to be Michael Heseltine, of course. The Party faithful would pack Blackpool’s Winter Gardens hours in advance of his appearance, and year after year he delivered a virtuoso performance of some of the most memorable conference lines and dramaturgy, with his blond mop wafting to every upward inflection. And year after year he would earn a rapturous standing ovation: he was widely perceived as a rival and potential successor to Margaret Thatcher.

There has really been no-one since. There have been and are orators, but none with flair and charisma: there has been charisma, but not with intellect and vision.

Boris Johnson’s conference speech marked the restoration of the darling species: he not only exuded panache, he held firm to core Conservative principles. He came up to the podium to the theme of EastEnders – the soap opera in which the Mayor played a cameo role last week – but he left to real-life adulation and heartfelt appreciation. He had been cast in a mere supporting walk-on role, but he turned the spear-carrier into a protagonist.

There must be something about blond mops.

Boris Johnson is too big to be hemmed in – either at a Party conference or at City Hall.

And he shows himself to be consistently in tune with Conservative heartlands. He wants to abolish the planned 50p tax rate; he wants a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty; he wants to see the return of grammar schools; he seeks to heal the banker lepers of their pariah status. He is seen to do more and care more about such issues than the Party leadership.

And his interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight (fast-forward to 16.30) is political theatre of the highest order. There is nothing tedious, mundane or scripted about Boris: he is authentic and original – ‘a toenail in the body politic’. At one point, he is so exasperated by the inane level of questioning and the depths which Newsnight has plumbed that he addresses the camera directly. And he declares to the watching millions: "David Cameron is a first rate chap, a very good guy. He will deliver a fantastic, committed and determined Conservative government and give this country the new leadership that it is crying out for after a decade of unrepentant, unbelievable Labour government. So go on out there and vote for him in May. That is my strong advice."

What politician other than the Prime Minister has ever been invited by the BBC to address the nation directly?


Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

What are we to hope from this? You know how much anguish this nation has been caused over the treaty that creates a United States of Europe (the Lisbon Treaty).

If we vote Conservative, and once they are in power, are we to hope that those Conservative politicians that reject the new imperial power (the EU) will mount a palace coup d’etat installing Boris Johnson as prime minister – and then hope he will rescue us from the EU’s jaws of iron teeth?

6 October 2009 at 09:29  
Blogger True Belle said...

I agree , politics is much like the childrens game- BUCKAROO!

6 October 2009 at 09:45  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

In a strange way Boris could be Britain's Ronald Reagan

6 October 2009 at 10:12  
Blogger ENGLISHMAN said...

He also wants amnesty for millions of bogus assylum cheaters,and eventually to fill our country with further millions of his turkish bretheren,lies will not work any more boris, for you or any of the other pigs that seem to believe that our country is within the gift of corrupt criminals who inhabit the westminster sty,dispensing the fruits of our labours to the parasites of the world.

6 October 2009 at 10:50  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

May is still a very long way off. Will the momentum last that long?

6 October 2009 at 10:54  
Blogger Preacher said...

Boris has been a breath of fresh air after the drab foetid era of Mr Livingstone. There is no guarantee that Mr Cameron & co will deliver the goods on the Lisbon referendum or indeed that the shady despicable bureaucrats in Belgium will not move the goalposts once again as they did with Ireland, in fact I think we can take it as given that by their track record this will happen if we vote no. But with Boris being unafraid to voice his opinions out loud & publicly it might help to keep the more timid members of the Conservative party, (including perhaps Dave C ) on the right track.

6 October 2009 at 10:56  
Anonymous otacilia severa said...

The interview reminded me of that baby elephant in the Blue Peter studio. One minute looking cute, the next weeing on the floor, knocking over his keeper and charging the camera. Priceless.

6 October 2009 at 11:55  
Blogger Beware of Geeks bearing GIFs said...

Your Grace,

I did see the Boris interview with Paxo and it made me laugh. Boris is a refreshing change from that bitter Marxist with newt fetish and also is quite bright.

I hope he continues to be a thorn in everyone's sides.

I picked up the interview in my blog as well.

6 October 2009 at 11:55  
Blogger English Viking said...

Your Grace,

'It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man'. Psalm 118 v 8 KJV

Men want and do put their confidence in other men. Usually their intellectual superiors, those who have skill, integrity, respect and wisdom. That you appear to encourage people to trust an overweight, lying, bullying adulterer with the running of the country, rather than calling for his, and his supporter's repentance, reveals more than a little of your own moral fibre.

6 October 2009 at 12:03  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr English Viking,

In case you have failed to notice in your readings of the Old Testament, the Lord instituted monarchy, and he appointed the manifestly morally deficient - even lying, bullying adulterers - to high and powerful public office.

It was what the people wanted.

6 October 2009 at 12:28  
Blogger Sam Norton said...

Yes it was glorious but strictly speaking Paxman invited Boris to speak directly to the camera - a slightly different context to the one you suggest in your main post.

6 October 2009 at 12:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Feels like it's 1992 all over again:


6 October 2009 at 13:02  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Boris is very good when it comes to launching a charm offensive and made me laugh with his "Manchester" crack. He also said a lot of things I agree with and I applaud him for putting Europe firmly on the conference agenda and on the national news. However, he isn't the leader of the Tories, Cameron is, so I remain unconvinced and unlikely to give them my vote.

Let's see something more solid than rhetoric and bonhomie and then maybe, just maybe...

6 October 2009 at 13:31  
Blogger English Viking said...

Your Grace,

The comparison between Old Testament monarchy and modern-day democracy is fallacious and I suspect that you know this.

As far as I am aware, the people of Israel only ever democratically selected one king, that being Saul. The fact that rest were allowed (in most cases most certainly not appointed) to achieve power, and that these were almost always 'the basest of men', and that their rule usually ended in bloodshed, even national disaster, even the obliteration of the nation for almost 2000 years, does not seem to me to be a valid argument for democracy, nor one against raising concerns about;

i) The pathetic shadow of monarchy that we have today, namely democracy.

ii) The dreadful men and women involved in this Godless system.

iii) The fact that an Archbishop appears to be trying to entice the people to entangle themselves in this wicked system, by supporting lying thugs who repeatedly commit adultery to become their leaders.

The rule of man, for man and by man, without the scantest regard for Christ, could not be any further from The LORD's mind when contemplating a system of rule for a nation. The fruit of this system is apparent for all to see.

The last occasion that I am aware of in the NT, where the people were asked to express a democratic opinion, was the travesty that elected Barabbas, a notorious robber and murderer, and rejected the King. Democracy was evil then, it is evil now and it will remain so until the day comes when it is revealed for the devilish system that it is, by our God and Saviour. Until that day, may I suggest, not in the capacity of Archbishop, Bishop, Elder, Deacon, Chief Bottle Washer or The Grand Poobah, but as a simple believer in Christ and his word that we, as believers, ' ...come out her my people, that you be not partaker of her sins, that ye receive not of her plagues'. Rev 18 v 4 KJV

6 October 2009 at 13:54  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Boris - a class act.

As for Harriet 'You know where you can get hold of me' Harman
- yes we do! yes we do!
- round the neck.

6 October 2009 at 14:08  
Blogger English Viking said...

Your Grace,

I must apologise if I appear somewhat abrasive today, but I feel I must point out something else I percieve as a problem in today's post.

To compare the bankers with lepers is unfair on lepers. They for the most part, did nothing to deserve their leprosy and suffered horrendous social deprivation because of it. That a group of people that have brought the 4th largest economy in the world to it's knees should be made to feel the contempt of the people that they have robbed might just help push them towards repentance. To gloss over sinful behaviour and to forgive without repentance is thoroughly unhelpful and un-Godly.

6 October 2009 at 14:09  
Blogger dmk said...

Boris is great fun, and the only politician I'd happily sit down and watch outside of the 3 leaders.

But...he's much better on presentation than content. When he listed his achievements as mayor in the conference speech, most of them were pretty insubstantial - e.g. organising a large bike race. Compare that to what the police have achieved (also quoted by Boris, as if he can take credit for any of that, having publicly crossed swords with the Met) and there's no contest.

There is a real substance issue with this Conservative Party. George Osborne was doing the moonwalk (going backwards whilst appearing to go forwards) for most of his speech earlier, creating wiggle room where only yesterday there were clear statements of policy. Still not convinced.

6 October 2009 at 14:27  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

He certainly is brighter than the one watt bulbs we have around in politics and especially those currently in office.

Since there has been mention of a U turn on the London congestion charge western zone decision
There is no doubt Boris is popular and very likeable, but should he resign himself to being a great columnist and raconteur?

I wonder if he really would have the enduring power in him to carry through what he says. He is an ideas man but he needs the trust and backing of others to be able to carry his ideas to fruition and I fear he is being thwarted at the outset by those who cannot see over the top of the trough. He’s has some sensible ideas which should be given room to develop. Britain needs a decade of fostering creative people with bright ideas in order to get out of the mire the doom and gloom merchants have put us in.

6 October 2009 at 16:11  
Blogger Kenpachi said...

What (if anything) will Cameron, Boris & Co(nservatives) do about the steady creep of Islamisation in our society?

6 October 2009 at 16:12  
Blogger English Viking said...

Kenpatchi @ 16:12

Encourage it. Cameron has openly stated that the indigenous population should make greater efforts to assimilate with the muslim and not the other way around. Boris thinks it a good idea to encourage non-muslims to observe moon-worshiping religious festivals in order to better understand our idolatrous friends. Do we need any more reason NOT to vote for these traitors?

6 October 2009 at 17:06  
Blogger Kenpachi said...

English Viking,

Who would you suggest instead? UKIP?

6 October 2009 at 17:14  
Blogger English Viking said...

Kenpachi @ 17:14

If you read through the thread you will see that I disagree with democracy full stop. The shambles that we have today should not be colluded with by believers. For those who do not believe, a vote for UKIP is, in my opinion;

i) A vote for Labour

ii) A vote for the same old, same old. Farage has managed to trough his way through 2 million quid of EU money, whilst all the time decrying the system that has made him rich.

iii) Pointless, as UKIP cannot achieve anything like real power at this election and if things run the course they seem to be running, this will be the last election of any meaning the UK population will get.

6 October 2009 at 17:50  
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6 October 2009 at 20:27  
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6 October 2009 at 20:50  
Anonymous Old Grumpy said...

@ English Viking 17:50

Well, possibly.

1) If DC and Co. PLC are going to win by a landslide, it doesn't much matter who the few thinking persons vote for, in true blue areas a stuffed parrot will do, and likewise in staunch Za-Nu Labour areas, "I vote Labour 'cos my dad did (etc)" It's only in the marginals where a vote has any effect at all. That's nothing new, of course. I live in a true blue area (although I don't vote Tory) and I can do what I like, secure in the knowledge that my vote will not make the slightest difference

2) Farage was quite open about that, except people appear to have latched onto the £2m as though he pocketed it the same as most other MEP's do. My understanding is that he used all the eu dosh to further the UKIP cause. Do correct me, someone, if this is wrong. Perhaps UKIP Webmaster might care to comment?

3) Alas I agree with you entirely about the next election. UKIP probably won;t make much headway beyond 10%, and probably won't get any MP's. But, as you say, from next year onwards the UK parliament will have about as much power as your local district council. The odd thing is that most people either don;t know this, or, more likely, don't care. Personally I don't like the idea of living in an unelected dictatorship, but, hey, why should I worry when nobody else gives a damn.

6 October 2009 at 22:12  
Anonymous Knighthawk said...

I must say that I am getting more than a little concerned about the future of democracy. What does it amount to? Mainstream politicians who are only interested in getting elected so they appeal to all sexual persuasions, all religions, all cultures, in fact anything with broad enough acceptance amongst the electorate to translate into a large number of votes. The Red, Blue or Yellow Parties will not protect the British way of life from EU or Islamic totalitarianism, and fringe parties currently lack enough support to turn the tide. Democracy is a system that may not get us out of this dilemma, society could unravel further with more and more people likely to polarize to the political and cultural extremes with all that would mean in terms of civil conflict, religious and ethnic cleansing.

6 October 2009 at 22:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should write books Knighthawk - do let me know if you ever get published!

6 October 2009 at 23:21  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

How come Boris doesn't know about Agenda 21 but I do.


Agenda 21

How come he doesn't know about the Bilderbergs and their intentions but I do.

How come you and I your Grace know that the Swine flu was Bioengineered, just like the Foot and mouth from Pirbright.

Boris is an entertaining distraction deliberately put in place to distract the masses while we are all lead to Hell.

The New World Order for Dummies

6 October 2009 at 23:56  
Blogger D. Singh said...


The EU's Forward Planning Units have already thought through the scenario of conflicts once it begins to flex its power after midnight December 31 2009.

There is an outstanding essay by Bernard Connolly entitled The Circle of Barbed Wire over at Bruges Group's website.

7 October 2009 at 08:14  
OpenID tjhilton said...

The Newsnight should actually be http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n9m8q/Newsnight_05_10_2009/

I'm afraid the link you gave no longer shows the Newsnight programme you reference.

7 October 2009 at 19:09  
Blogger ZZMike said...

Knighthawk: "... more than a little concerned about the future of democracy. What does it amount to?"

Let's not come down too hard on deomcracy. It's a great concept - worked quite well for the Old Greek Guys, and like your Mr Churchill may have said, it's better than any of the rest.

One problem is that pure democracy is mob rule. Our Dr Franklin said that democracy is two wolves and a sheep deciding what to have for dinner.

Then he added that liberty was a well-armed sheep ready to contest the outcome.

From the way you put it, it seems like the best alternative is one that Socrates favored: the benevolent dictator - the philosopher king.

That's been tried too, and the problem was that, like all theories of government, they're excellent on paper, but quickly disintegrate once people get involved.

Democracy might have its flaws - and that's why our Founding Fathers set us up as a republic, not a democracy.

One of the necessary conditions for a democracy to work is that the People have to be well-educated and well-informed. (I have a long rant on how the Left has managed to make certain that doesn't happen.)

We've seen here hat happens when they aren't - and I suspect that your upper-level troubles stem from the same failing.

What to do about either of our difficulties is something far too difficult for me to handle. Excepting, however, I'd almost be willing to take on the Benevolent Dictator job.

(I think that one of the first things I'd do is disband all Town Councils, and hold new elections - with the proviso that no current member is elegible for office - ever.

We have an analogous body here in the US - particularly in California: state Commissions. The Commissioners are appointed by the governor, and have a final say in little things, like who gets to build what, and where, with authority to compel and to impose fines.)

7 October 2009 at 20:18  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

Our American cousins, speak.

Thank God.

'Democracy might have its flaws....'

But it is the best that we have.

7 October 2009 at 20:28  

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