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July 28, 2005

Explaining Boris Johnson.

I think I can provide a little explanation for Boris Johnson. He is, as you know, something of a mystery, this rather shambling toff type, writer, editor, MP and boulevardier. What produced this rather different character? We know he was born in New York (likely to produce some oddity in anyone), he’s part Turkish, etc etc, all the things that could contibute but that others seem to manage without quite such eccentricity. He tells us today:

It was so hot that a certain au pair girl decided that her bikini was a stifling encumbrance, and one lunchtime she turned up with nothing on at all, a dress code that was instantly copied with stunned approval by everyone else.

This was in 1976 when our Boris was an impressionable lad of 12 years of age. That combination of the usual adolescent lust for the au pair plus this introduction to naturism, bound to have an effect and I think it explains Boris in toto. After all, we know the pernicious effects of nudism. It makes those Swedish women run around with basketballs, at least according to all those home movies, and as for the effect on Geroge Bernard Shaw, well, you don’t catch Fabianism without some sort of trauma. Fortunate that Boris has stuck with Toryism and Hungarians I suppose, but I do think we’ll have to keep an eye open for further signs of adolescent trauma, can take decades to work through the system you know.

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Sounds very plausible to me.

Posted by: Antti | Jul 28, 2005 12:56:34 PM

There's one area of Southern England that seldom suffers a hosepipe ban: the Isle of Wight. Why should this be? Well, many years ago, just after privatisation, it was decided that the IOW should be a testbed for metered water supply. Lo and behold, when people were actually made to pay in proportion to the amount of water they used, its consumption fell. Yes, crazy I know, but there you have it. There was the usual bleating about how it was unfair to chavs with eight feral kids and old ladies and so on, but to my recollection the anticipated wave of cholera failed to sweep the Island, and everyone knuckled down under the new regime. It wasn't popular, mind, and the various water companies decided against extending metering to the rest of the UK. The results are plain for all to see.

Posted by: David Gillies | Jul 28, 2005 9:45:45 PM

I'm also staggered to learn that BoJo is only six years older than me. I thought he was fifty-something. I well remember the summer of 1976. Funnily enough, 1995 was comparably hot, although no-one seems to remember it.

Posted by: David Gillies | Jul 28, 2005 9:49:02 PM