Posts Tagged ‘Boris Johnson’

Boris Johnson: vanity and opportunism

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The part-time Mayor of London, part-time MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, and full-time self-promoter Boris Johnson shocked nobody earlier today when he came out for Vote Leave. It was said he’d been wrestling with the decision for some time. Yes, it’s tough when a berth in Number 10 could be the prize for going […]

Boris Johnson’s decision to buy water cannons is misguided and bizarre

by Michael Meacher.

What is Boris Johnson frightened of – apart from losing the Tory party leadership (for which he is a racing certainty loser already)? He says he needs to be ready for trouble on the streets in the summer. But there’s not the slightest evidence for this – more’s the pity considering what Tory austerity has […]

Strike ballots and unintended consequencies

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Johnson’s at it again. Rather than sit down and have meaningful dialogue with workers’ representatives on the London Underground, he’s been carping about a “lack of mandate” because the RMT’s successful strike ballot came off the back of a 40% turnout. Instead, Johnson believes every ballot for industrial action should meet a 50% threshold to […]

Boris Island is a non-starter at £50bn+, but is he wrong about hubs too?

by Michael Meacher.

The whole argument about another airport runway for London is based on the idea that the future lies with big national hubs, and of course Heathrow argues that on that basis the extra airport runway should obviously be provided for Heathrow. They argue that 70% of all long-haul services to and from Britain go to […]

Boris Johnson: by their outbursts shall ye know them

by Michael Meacher.

The boisterous pantomime that is Boris Johnson may well have taken a step too far in his irrepressible flair for self-publicity. To observe that “as many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2% have an IQ above 130″ in order to justify ‘shaking the pack harder so it will […]

Boris Dissected

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

If only. Last night de Pfeffel Johnson delivered the annual Margaret Thatcher lecture in defence of inequality. Funny how you always get people who benefit from this state of affairs singing its praises. But anyway, there’s was a five minute brouhaha that will last until another leading Tory says something outrageous in a day or two. […]

Floodgates for Boris Johnson? No, Mair is the exception

by Conrad Landin.

If you’re on Twitter, Facebook or any outlet of the internet, you’ll no doubt have heard all about the occasion yesterday when Boris Johnson was given a standard BBC grilling. I put it like that because Eddie Mair’s interview was not unusual – it was simply unusual for Johnson. It was still not near the […]

Are the Tories about to have their Blair vs Brown moment?

by Carl Packman.

This supposedly Conservative-led government has always been all about moving quickly, tearing down the red tape left up by the Labour party, and knocking down the barriers raised to build about a new revolution in schools, public sector reform and wider society. In short they were heirs to Blair who went about exactly the same […]

Evening Standard – the Boris Johnson free sheet

by Rainsborough.

Never mind the Leveson Inquiry, with its focus on the Murdoch Mafia operation which has held successive Governments and Prime Ministers in thrall, for other parts of what used to be called Fleet Street, it is business as usual. As Londoners go to the polls, or perhaps don’t go to the polls, it is worth […]

Which side are you on, boys?

by Conrad Landin.

The Daily Telegraph supporting Boris Johnson? Surely not! For many, Andrew Gilligan’s promotion to the paper came as a relief. No longer would his hysterical opinions be broadcast to the capital’s retreating commuters as a point of course. But when self-proclaimed Labour supporters take to its pages to shaft their own party less than a […]

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