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August 21, 2007

Boris and Compass

By their enemies ye shall know them:

An assault upon David Cameron's plan to get Boris Johnson elected mayor of London will be launched today by a Brownite pressure group, which hopes to transform the Conservative MP's image from popular "buffoon" into a hard-line right-winger, "a type of Norman Tebbit in a clown's uniform".

The group Compass, which campaigned for Gordon Brown to replace Tony Blair in No 10, has analysed Mr Johnson's career both as a journalist and a politician and is determined to alert Londoners to what they say is the threat posed to their tolerant, multicultural city if Mr Johnson wins the Conservative nomination next month and thwarts Ken Livingstone's hopes of a third term next May.

Being attacked by Neal Lawson's buffoons certainly shoes that Boris is on the right track.

"Boris Johnson is frequently presented in the press merely as a buffoon. It is certainly true he has never shown any serious managerial experience or competence,..."

Hmmm. He was a notably successful editor of The Spectator. There aren't many in politics who have ever successfully run anything at all now, are there?

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If I were Red Ken, I would distance myself from those jokers immediately. And gloss over the fact that I have spoken at several of their events.

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Aug 21, 2007 11:37:15 AM

I wonder how the Compass Group are going to spin Ken's pre-GLC work experience?

Beyond working as a lab technician for eight years and then training to be a teacher (but never actually entering a classroom as such), it seems he spent most of his time as a backroom political hack.

Posted by: The Remittance Man | Aug 21, 2007 1:31:23 PM

Definition of compass: a couple of pricks going round in circles.

Posted by: windowlicker | Aug 21, 2007 5:00:12 PM

Compass are in danger of giving Boris the credibility they deny he has. Either he is the joke they sometimes say he is or he is a serious threat to London. He can't be both as this post points out:


Posted by: Hannibal | Aug 22, 2007 12:14:54 PM