Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Boris Johnson: "Pure political Viagra"










That's the verdict of Melanie Phillips. And, yes, Mayor Boris does inject more than a little potency into his politics. Not to mention some sound Tory philosophy, which is sorely lacking in other quarters. Of course, His Grace doesn't agree with everything the Mayor does (or says), but one cannot deny a certain infectious passion; a stellar charisma; a gnawing conviction. He turns politics into art. Consider:
"The future of the world lies in cities... But people yearn for the village, for the Eden from which we have been excluded. So everything we do in City Hall is about putting the village back into the city."
Beautiful. Just beautiful.

29 Comments:

Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Nigerian villages, Pakistani villages, Somali villages, Jamaican villages, Bangladeshi villages…

4 October 2011 at 18:30  
Blogger Arie Uittenbogaard said...

Perhaps Boris can finish his term over there and then run for mayor in my town...
Arie Uittenbogaard
Belgrade

4 October 2011 at 18:59  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Boris

The old ladies at the Inspector General’s tearooms invite you to appear in front of them. One proviso they insist on, you must give an assurance you’ll keep it in your trousers. There’s a good chap...

4 October 2011 at 19:48  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Johnny: "Nigerian villages, Pakistani villages, Somali villages, Jamaican villages, Bangladeshi villages…"

:)

4 October 2011 at 19:51  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Melanie Phillips: "Suffice it to say here that the core of his appeal is how he effortlessly conveys infectious joy, an infinitely can-do approach -- above all an optimism about the future not just of London but of the UK."

A polar opposite of Melanie then.

4 October 2011 at 19:55  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Your Grace

Oh dear, oh dear. Boris?

This appears to be one of those rare occasions, like an appearance of haley's comet, when it saddens old Ernst that he cannot quite see eye to eye with you on this one.

Ernst enjoyed his rare appearances on Have I Got News For You where buffoonery and satire is de rigeur but can a court jester really become our 'Good King Hal'?

Responsibility as Mayor has not brought maturity as a politician/Statesman in the most famous city in the world and someone who the public can admire and trust..'The best of a bad bunch/He means well' is not what we had hoped for, Your Grace!

There has to come a time when you stop acting like you are still a clumsy 20 yr old at Balliol College and the beloved classroom 'clown'.

Is this what we are reduced to, as the 'great hope' to take the nation back to Jerusalem, in Englands green and pleasant land?

If Boris for PM is the answer, then Ernst is to bloomin scared to inquire ;
'What exactly was the question'?

For those cowardly tory clowns who smiled and refused to put the ball into the daily politics box of 'In or Out' for an EU Referendum, can Ernst just say that if Maggie had been asked the question, she would have grabbed a ball from the frightened presenter and stuck it in the box and walked away smiling...answer given!
Actually, after seeing the camera crew, she would have walked over, asked what they were doing and then grab a blue ball and suggest she would like to play!

Its called CONVICTION, Cameron and other little tory boys and girls, CONVICTION.
Children of Thatcher? ..illegitimate B'Stard's, more like!

She is still more than a man compared to you rabble nearly 4 decades later.

GET A PAIR!

A nostalgic old Ernst S Blofeld..She was/is irreplaceable.

4 October 2011 at 22:33  
Blogger Daddy said...

I was in the hall and loved it. I would have enjoyed and respected the talented delivery even if I'd disagreed with the policy! This is Boris' great strength.

He's no more or less flawed than his peers, but he has an 'X-factor' as a leader and speaker which has not otherwise graced that platform this week. No clumsy 'I hoped you'd clap here' moments, no gags failing to draw a laugh - simply superb oratory.

As you note, YG, not only does he do relatively puerile humour with aplomb, he juxtaposes them with beautiful turn of phrase.

Journalism's loss is the capital's gain... Maybe one day the nation's?

4 October 2011 at 23:33  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

@Johnny Rottenborough ...

Brilliant. Laughed out loud ... literally!

@Blofeld + Tiddles ...

By "statesman-like" presumably you mean drab, dreary, homogenised, speaker of vacuous, obfuscating cliches?

If Boris were to stand for president then he would win. Shame he's part of the party political machinations but he's enough of a maverick to make it almost excusable ... almost.

4 October 2011 at 23:36  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Rebel saint said 4 October 2011 23:36

"By "statesman-like" presumably... " err NO! Maggie like, or is that too high a standard to hope for? Bumbling, grasping for your words and being a well meaning chap is not Ernst's hope for a PM, rather a poor 2nd choice by default put before the electorate or can you not remember the assured memorable performances of Mrs T?

"drab, dreary, homogenised, speaker of vacuous, obfuscating cliches?" Ernst takes it you are referring to Mr Cameron..The Opposite to Maggie, my fine rebel, rebel.

"If Boris were to stand for president then he would win." *Shoulder Shaking Giggles* Is he running in 2012 to challenge Obama now.
The lad knows no bounds!

Ernst, my religious Ernsto Che Guevera

5 October 2011 at 00:02  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

Mr Ernst, Lenin's cadaver could run against Obama now and win.

5 October 2011 at 00:26  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Avi said and made Ernst laugh 5 October 2011 00:26

"Mr Ernst, Lenin's cadaver could run against Obama now and win."

Avi, Tiddles could run and win by a landslide by getting the womans vote..They love cats, do they not?

Genuine apologies Rebel Saint but Ernst forgot that Boris was born in NYC USA in 1964.
Do you think he might run for President?
What would the Yanks make of Boris being feted by Pagan Federation of Great Britain as 'National Journalist of the Year' in 1998, they are a tad religious over there and might misundersand and be confused as Boris was ?

Humbled but a tickled Old Ernsty

5 October 2011 at 00:42  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Avi..a correction!

"Women..They love cats, do they not?"

Unless of course you are Teresa May!

Ken 'Buttons' Clarke, Pantomime defender of human rights, walks on stage, sees Ms May wearing right wing style long black coat and sporting villain twirly tache and says 'Boo Hiss' to get the Lib Dems shouting 'She's behind you'.

For our cousins abroad Buttons is a strong comedy part and tells many jokes to keep the audience amused and often these jokes are insults directed at Cameronella's two ugly sisters Teresa May and Nadine Dorries,, either to their faces or behind their backs and infuriating them.

Ken brings just the right amount of pathos to the role as Justice Secretary whilst still maintaining a cheeky Jack-the-Lad feel which is so important to make Buttons 'real' whilst declaring Teresa and Nadine as ugly sisters.

And it ain't even Christmas yet!

Ernst

5 October 2011 at 01:56  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

Good old Rowan the druid Williams said

"Women bishops would humanise priesthood.

Women should be allowed to become bishops in the Church of England to “humanise” the priesthood, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said."

May I ?

"God should be allowed back into the Church of England to “evangelise” the priesthood and it's congregation, Jesus Christ, it's Supreme Head has said."

The Archbishop of Canterbury's public affairs team deny having received such a request but the matter would be passed to the next synod meeting for discussion and putting to a vote, in a democratic manner.

The Archbishop himself was unavailable for comment and we were informed he was attending a Beer and Curry night organised by the RSPCA.


Nighty Night peeps.

Ernst 'You heard it here first' Blofeld

5 October 2011 at 02:31  
Blogger Gnostic said...

"The future of the world lies in cities... But people yearn for the village, for the Eden from which we have been excluded. So everything we do in City Hall is about putting the village back into the city."

And a total fantasy. Nothing more than a cynical soundbite. I live in a village and if Boris comes to this part of the world touting a damn congestion charge (didn't he promise to scrap it?) we'll kick his backside clear into the next county.

5 October 2011 at 08:32  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

"Beautiful, just beautiful."

And gloriously meaningless. Another triumph of style over substance in another party of policy wonks, amateur thespians and poseurs. After the last canapes have been eaten, and the remaining champagne is drained down their gullets, normal business will continue. As before.

5 October 2011 at 08:43  
Blogger wiggiatlarge said...

Boris is entertaining,better an entertaining politician than a boring one,but he is still as useless as the rest of them and what exactly does he stand for and what exactly has he achieved of any note.

5 October 2011 at 09:13  
Blogger Avi Barzel said...

A grand idea, Mr Enrnst. Miss Tiddles will no doubt steam-roll through what's left of the primaries in these times of despair.

I shall forward my application as her campaign manager. I already have a catchy slogan for our furry candidate:

"Perry is too scary, and Herman Cain's a pain, but for more and better vittles, cast your vote for Tiddles!"

"Vittles," should you ask, stands for "victuals," which if spelled in the proper way, would be pronounced as "vick-too-als" on this side of the 'lantic.

5 October 2011 at 12:30  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

I was rather hoping that the LibDems would select Lembit Opik as there Mayoral Candidate - then we could have had true contest of clowns for the next mayor.

I'm a little surprised that Melanie has so much time for serial philanderers - its certainly not something she learned from her time on the Guardians Women pages.

5 October 2011 at 12:56  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

Ernst 01:56

Many thanks - I have a wonderful picture in my mind of cat curry being served at the RSPCA Beer and Curry night. Are the leopard skin shoes real or faux? We need to know.

5 October 2011 at 13:06  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...

Having Boris as leader would be like dating a somewhat manic girl. Exciting for a while and then seriously disturbing as time wears on.

5 October 2011 at 16:13  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

@Avi

"Mr Ernst, Lenin's cadaver could run against Obama now and win."

Put not Rick Perry

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/2012_presidential_matchups

5 October 2011 at 16:33  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

It's obvious that people here don't know their Kipling, but perhaps Boris does?

R.K. referred to London as "The Little Village" in "With the Night Mail" & "As easy as ABC"

That is Lonodn's secret, perhpas.
For all of its 10-12 million people, it's a giant village.
Structurally, it is a conglomeration of villages.( Ein über-Dort, vielleicht?)

5 October 2011 at 16:54  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

G Tingey got all 'high and mighty' with us plebes 5 October 2011 16:54

"It's obvious that people here don't know their Kipling, but perhaps Boris does?"

Indeed, my angry atheist, I mean, look at his waistline... but then, Mr Kipling does make 'exceedingly good cakes', does he not! (AD PLACEMENT)

Ernsty

5 October 2011 at 18:07  
Blogger non mouse said...

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5 October 2011 at 18:49  
Blogger non mouse said...

Interesting that some commentators find it necessary to translate things into german for us. Presumably they also prefer to apply german spelling to English; and that might render their ability to interpret English poetry even more irrelevant!

5 October 2011 at 18:53  
Blogger bluedog said...

Wonderful, Ernst @ 18.07, just wonderful.

5 October 2011 at 21:04  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

tory boys never grow up said 'ever sooo irreverently' 5 October 2011 13:06

"Many thanks - I have a wonderful picture in my mind of cat curry being served at the RSPCA Beer and Curry night."

Ugghhh. God forbid..Tiddles, calm down dear. (Tiddles ushered into kitchen...where no harm will come to her, Ernst promises) Cat Curry, you say. Ooh, all those fur balls floating around your curry like croutons. *gagging sound*

"Are the leopard skin shoes real or faux? We need to know."
Can you really see them under his cassock or have you got some dodgy pictures from the Internet suggesting that he wanders round the House in Furry Footwear?

Ernst 'in eager anticipation of furry fables' Blofeld

5 October 2011 at 21:09  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

bluedog said 5 October 2011 21:04

"Wonderful, Ernst @ 18.07, just wonderful." Thanks, woof woof.

Ernst knows he has hit the spot when his favourite multicoloured hound howls with delight.

Unfortunately, unlike His Grace, Ernst's ad placements are purely for fun and go financially unrewarded. *deep sigh emits from Ernst's frail old body*.
However, like all elderly people, I am partial to Mince pies and what with Christmas coming up fast and David Cameron telling me to clear my debts and spend like an idiot again or just plain give it all away to foreigners and put my children into the slave trafficking system for the benefit of poor millionaire irish tinkers?...

You know, They really DO make Exceedingly Good Cakes, Mr Bluedog!.

ps

Mr Kipling PR Team can find Ernst's email by following his blog profile and an address will be supplied for Bulk Delivery of any danties and delicacies.

Merry Christmas.

Ernst 'Ho Ho Ho' Blofeld

5 October 2011 at 21:25  
Blogger English Pensioner said...

Boris would probably make a good PM. But keep him away form the Exchequer, he's made a hell of a mess of TFL with tube train drivers apparently now earning over £50K plus a bonus for not striking.

5 October 2011 at 23:43  

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