Thursday, 1 May 2008

Stop Boris - says Peregrine Worsthorne

Not that it's likely to make much difference at this late stage in the game, but today's Grauniad has a big collection of comments from a wide range of people on why a Boris Johnson mayoralty would be a disaster.

Believe it or not, one of those taking this view is the arch-High Tory, Peregrine Worsthorne, sometime editor of the very right-wing Sunday Telegraph:

If Boris loses, that will be bad news for David Cameron. But if he wins it will be much worse news, because the Boris campaign has shown that without the jokes there is nothing there. He just can't do seriousness and responsibility. So with two years to go before the next election, Boris will have had more than enough time to demonstrate his lack of bottom; a demonstration which will call into question the whole Cameron -- a horse from the same lightweight stable -- enterprise.

This is encouraging because it gives us hope that there might be significant numbers of similarly-minded Tories who, though unlikely to vote for Ken, will not bother to turn out to vote for Boris.

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