The commentators 08-08-14
...on Boris Johnson
Johnson will need to work hard to turn around his reputation among the many Conservative MPs who see him as a disloyal and self-centred showman if he is to stand any chance of winning a future leadership bid. He must also fight off the ambitions of the home secretary, Theresa May, who now outranks him in the grassroots party popularity stakes.
- Sonia Purnell, The Guardian
Under the narcissism and the faux jollity is a coldness that I suspect Mr Johnson will find it increasingly difficult to hide. It is the antithesis of his witty teddy schtick. Some, particularly his former colleagues, have always known about it; as the Johnson bandwagon rolls on to No 10, will the electorate discover it too, and turn against him?.
- Tanya Gold, The Times
The fact that Boris Johnson owns a £2m house, despite his humble background at Eton as the son of a Conservative MEP, only proves the point that the rich are rich on merit. After a few years of Conservatives having to mildly accept that unrestrained capitalism might be mildly flawed, Boris Johnson is the figure that can “say what he thinks”, hopefully taking Britain forward to an age in which every Prime Minister has to have been to Eton. Then after Boris we can have his ancestors, with names such as Boris the Seventh and Boris, Marquis of Wessex, anointed by GOD, to truly make Britain a modern nation again.
- Mark Steel, The Independent
Surely MPs, peers and mayors need a good holiday just as much as the rest of us. Boris looked positively catatonic in the pictures. He’s running on empty. Clear off for a couple of weeks with the family, Bozza. Recharge the Duracells. We’ll manage. Politicians are in our faces 24/7 for 11 months of the year already. Can’t they just give us a break in August?
- Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail
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