Posted by Brad @ 10:25 pm on May 22nd 2008

Another Election, Another Big Tory Night

The Crewe and Nantwich by-elections are just ending, and it looks like Brown got another stomping. Cameron and his boys can do no wrong, it seems (and Labour shenanigans such as these aren’t winning them much sympathy).

Boris “Not the Albino From The Princess Bride” Johnson also sustained his first mayoral question time round, and though he got both barrels, appears to have acquitted himself well.

But despite the strong attacks from Green and Labour members Mr Johnson held court with admirable ease, swiping away objections with long-winded witticisms and sly retorts.

And the vast majority of the stuffed-to-the-rafters audience seemed to like it, many of them treating the new mayor as more of a celebrity than a politician. The two women sat next to politics.co.uk seemed to hang on his every word as if they were fully paid up members of a comedy night.

“It’s like watching a variety show,” one of them whispered.

But no-one was as happy to be there as the Tory assembly members. After eight years being manhandled by Ken Livingstone’s superior wit and devastating grasp of detail, they seemed ecstatic to be headed by a man with similar talents but more sympathetic allegiances.

“Since your election the sun has shone on London every day,” one Tory suggested.

Ah, to be conservative and English right now.

Speaking of which, though he mentioned it yesterday, it’s worth another plug: our friend (and contributer) dizzy has an op-ed running in The Times of London that’s well worth your time. So put on your “superfluous u” filters and give it a read.

1 Comment »

  1. Comedic timing is probably the best gift a politician can have.

    Boris disarmed the pharisees with humor when they tried to trip him up with such things as presenting him a bicycle helmet. Contrast that to say, Paul, who would have undoubtedly found some way to tie that bicycle helmet back to the evils of central banking and fiat money.

    Both Paul and Boris Johnson are daily readers of LRC. It just goes to show that the ability to disarm with humor is a more powerful weapon than the ability to regurgitate Rothbardian first principles. It was the same gift Ronald Reagan had. It was the same gift that, say, Newt Gingrich, uniquely lacked.

    Comment by Kaligula — 5/23/2008 @ 10:20 am

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