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Conservative Conference: Boris delight

8 October 2012

6:58 PM

8 October 2012

6:58 PM

You could tell this was the Boris Johnson show because people were smiling when they queued, smiling as they listened and smiling as they left. The mood in the conference hall had been completely transformed: it was as if this were comedy night, and we were waiting for the Prince of Political Standup. He was introduced via a Bond-style video, and made an extraordinary entrance which I tried to record on my iPhone. The quality is not Emmy-winning, but it may give some sense of the mood:-

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Boris thanked everyone for the Olympics, hailed London as the world’s greatest city and then walked his very fine line of support for Cameron. He did not say that Cameron is brilliant, as we all know by now that he doesn’t think that. Instead he said he has been a long supporter of the PM and was on Team Dave when ‘the number of Cameroons could have fit into a telephone box had one of them not been Nick Soames’. But Cameron is doing a great job, he said. That this needed to be said, of course, sends its own message.

Boris delighted the activists by denouncing the Châteauneuf-du-Pape-drinking socialists whom he defeated in London and asking the hall to help him ‘save this country from the two Eds’. He deplored Hollande’s tax rises in France – not since 1789 has there been such terror in France, he said. He was self-deprecating (a tad), saying ‘average traffic speeds have risen by 9.3mps to 9.4mph’ he said. He also reiterated his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow, which is becoming a proxy issue for supporting Boris over Cameron. Whatever he said, they loved it. One of the questions came from a lady asking him to sign a baton. He made a joke, but I couldn’t quite catch it.

BoJo was also able to list what Conservative members have been rather starved of: achievement in government. Bus crime fell 30 per cent under his first term, he said, tube crime fell 20 per cent. He even thanked G4S for the Olympics. Quite right too, but  many politicians could get away with that? It was a small reminder of a wider and more powerful point: that Boris can sell things that no other politician can. And if he can sell Conservatism to a Labour city like London, what else can he do? I suspect a good many of the delegates here left asking themselves precisely that.

P.S. Before BoJo arrived, the audience were shown a video of Tories extolling the virtues of overseas aid. When Louise Mensch came on, the audience erupted in hisses and boos. Then came Andrew Mitchell, whose words were drowned out by jeering and laughter. Nadine Dorries and George Osborne were listened to in respectful silence.

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  • james c

    Crime fell-yes, crimes committed in the riots.

  • Heartless etc.,

    Boris tells it like it is! Would that others in this lacklustre ‘Government’ were as forthright.

    End of – as some say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/amergin.selby Amergin Selby

    Johnson is a proven falsifier of quotes he was sacked for it. He is a proven liar. He lied to his party leader about an affair he was having.He insulted a city after Hillsborough. He is a serial adulterer. He is bored now with the mayoralty now all the Olympic limelight has gone out. How can anyone seriously consider the cheating liar because he makes them smile.

    • Fergus Pickering

      If I were having an affair I would certainly lie about it. And insulting Liverpool is something we should all do occasionally; it is a decayng city for the idle and the self-righteous. Though actually it wasn’t him, as you probably know. He took editorial responsibility but he didn’t write the piece.

      • Ted

        Fergus you sound almost quite convinced by your own arguments. Not bad for a Tory showing their true racist colours!

  • Daniel Maris

    Boris has many faults, but I feel sure if he was Chancellor the economy would be doing a lot better because “his countenance spreads confidence or failing that, cheerful resignation”.

    Osborne is like some unctuous undertaker assuring the bereaved that whilst the funeral will be costly there is a monthly payment scheme which may ease the financial burden – a complete disaster as Chancellor.

  • bloughmee

    What is the fascination with this blowhard albino statist? Maybe blowhard statist Dave should dye his hair and make it a horserace. The both of them have about the same substance.

  • David Lindsay

    A sexually louche and pro-drugs American citizen, and an Ottoman aristocrat of very recent extraction who has publicly recited the Shahada in Arabic, who believes that
    Christianity overthrew a superior civilisation (slavery, pederasty, the games), and who sees the means to putting things right as being a European Union of which the most populous member-state would be Turkey.

    His party’s sole victory at this year’s local elections, in these Islands’ only city where hardly any primary school children speak English at home, and in no small measure due to organised communal voting by a heavily concentrated ethnic minority with closer ties to a foreign and fairly hostile state than, manifestly, to the overwhelming bulk of their own nominal compatriots.

    Mayor of London? President of the Third World Banana Republic of London, more like it.

    • telemachus

      Further he looks like a lout and is no role model for our estranged youth

    • Matthew Whitehouse

      What do you have against Turkey? You’re not Racist are you? tut tut

    • Fergus Pickering

      Dear me.How bilious. Christianity was very happy with slavery for many years and it is still pretty keen on pederasrty is it not? At least the Greek boys were willing. Which leaves the games. I would back Greek literature against the Bible. Wouldn’t you? An Ottoman aristocrat? Boris is one eighth Turkish. Hardly any primary school children in London speak English at home? God save Wimbledon. You either KNOW you are lying or you are incredibly stupid. I think you are an incredibly stupid liar, Boris, on the other hand, is a well-educated, well-read, witty and decent man. He will not be PM, but I think that rather a pity.

  • dalai guevara

    The popularity of the Pope depends on his connection with the crowd, not substance. The popularity of a politician depends on his connection with the crowd, not substance.

    Spot the error.

  • HellforLeather

    Perhaps nobody has noticed yet that Boris Johnson has already broken one of the manifesto pledges he made while running for a second term as London mayor.

    Check Johnson’s 2012 mayoral manifesto — section: “Supporting Older Londoners”

    The introduction to this section includes the following: “I will reverse
    the decision by the previous Labour government to raise the age for
    which people are elegible for the Freedom Pass and ensure every Londoner
    aged 60 or over has one from 1st September 2012.”

    Emphatic, and repeated thereafter in his
    manifesto.
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/88080172/Boris-Johnson-2012-Supporting-Older-Londoners-Manifesto#outer_page_25

    • HooksLaw

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9376183/Transport-for-London-freedom-pass-replacement-for-60-year-olds-announced.html

      ‘The new card will be known as the 60+ Concessionary Travel Scheme and over
      100,000 applications are expected before it goes live. Those eligible will
      be able to use it until they reach the required age to procure a Freedom
      Pass. Speaking about its introduction the mayor said: “Tens of thousands of
      Londoners were quite rightly incensed by the age escalator affecting the
      Freedom Pass, which meant their right to free travel was rapidly
      disappearing over the horizon. That is why I am very pleased to be able to
      set out plans for a new Oyster card that yanks this important concession
      back into place.”’

      • HellforLeather

        Change launched by Sept 1, 2012 — as promised — was it?

    • HooksLaw

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9376183/Transport-for-London-freedom-pass-replacement-for-60-year-olds-announced.html

      ‘The new card will be known as the 60+ Concessionary Travel Scheme and over
      100,000 applications are expected before it goes live. Those eligible will
      be able to use it until they reach the required age to procure a Freedom
      Pass. Speaking about its introduction the mayor said: “Tens of thousands of
      Londoners were quite rightly incensed by the age escalator affecting the
      Freedom Pass, which meant their right to free travel was rapidly
      disappearing over the horizon. That is why I am very pleased to be able to
      set out plans for a new Oyster card that yanks this important concession
      back into place.”’

    • HooksLaw

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/london/9376183/Transport-for-London-freedom-pass-replacement-for-60-year-olds-announced.html

      ‘The new card will be known as the 60+ Concessionary Travel Scheme and over
      100,000 applications are expected before it goes live. Those eligible will
      be able to use it until they reach the required age to procure a Freedom
      Pass. Speaking about its introduction the mayor said: “Tens of thousands of
      Londoners were quite rightly incensed by the age escalator affecting the
      Freedom Pass, which meant their right to free travel was rapidly
      disappearing over the horizon. That is why I am very pleased to be able to
      set out plans for a new Oyster card that yanks this important concession
      back into place.”’

  • London Calling

    FN
    “A lady asking him to sign a baton. He made a joke, but I couldn’t quite catch it”.

    Couldnt catch the Baton or the joke?,,,,Jokes… Boris for light entertainment Ha…what would conference be like without him…..

  • William Blakes Ghost

    Incidentally did Boris intentionally pose like Benny Hill?

  • William Blakes Ghost

    I see Laurel (Telemachus) and Hardy (Hookslaw) got here early……

    • HooksLaw

      Welcome Archie Rice

    • HooksLaw

      Welcome Archie Rice

    • telemachus

      Yes
      Appropriate to what is described this morning as the Frenzied media welcome for this telegenic goon
      Just give him a day of trying to run a complex government
      The anger of the Scousers will be seen as nothing

      • Matthew Whitehouse

        Telemachus, you’re scared that SO many LABOUR people LOVE Boris. London (vote) + Boris = Tory Win at Next Election

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Trant/1105641645 David Trant

    Petronella Wyatt was not available for a comment!!

  • Baron

    a posting on the Daily Mail blog:

    Boris for PM, Ken Dodd for Chancellor !

    • Fergus Pickering

      At least Ken Dodd knows how to keep his money.

    • MrVeryAngry

      At least Doddy understoood one thing. VAT is a Very Bad Tax indeed.

  • HooksLaw

    Like any mayor of London (which is basically the chief executive of a transport authority) Boris can claim the benefit of power without responsibility.

    • telemachus

      Or in fact the press agent of the Chief Executive

  • telemachus

    In any event will Darius Guppy be there to help him?

    Remember the reports that Boris and fellow Etonian Darius Guppy were recorded on tape in 1990 planning to beat up a News of the World journalist.

    Guppy was was worried that News of the World journalist Stuart Collier was sniffing
    around him and wanted to scare Collier off—but didn’t have his address or phone
    number. So he turned to Johnson.

    On the tape, Johnson asks, “How badly hurt will he be?”

    Guppy says, “He will probably get a couple of black eyes and a, and a cracked rib or
    something like that.” He adds that the beating would involve “Nothing which you
    didn’t suffer in rugby” and Johnson replies, “Yeah, yeah, good.”

    All good to remember at times like this

    • http://allraunderdanigast.blogspot.se/ Allra underdånigast

      It will always be a stain on his record that he didn’t pumble one of those vultures…

    • Matthew Whitehouse

      Telemachus, you’re so twisted and bitter your lot are not in power. Who WOULDNT beat up a NOW journalist? they were scumbags wernt they?

  • telemachus

    The media hype given to this man is appalling

    • starfish

      Three posts?

      Must be worried

      • Dimoto

        Yes, the Trolls on overdrive on this thread, and Lindsay apoplectic. All the usual muck-spreading, you have to laugh.

    • Chris lancashire

      Get a life telemachus.

      • starfish

        I do wonder what telemachus actually does for a living
        Anyone with this much spare time to post pro-Labour musings must be either a labour activist (probably on benefits) or a BBC employee

        • ToryOAP

          He has professed in the past to being a milkman which I don’t believe for a second. Didn’t someone say he was really Nick Hajinakos, a failed PR man? I have posted previously on how he dominates this board with his mad ramblings. Like Lindsay, the Amergin fellow (teacher?) and the other creep dalai guevara I believe they are an organised attack by the labour party spinmeisters on Coffee House tolerated for some unknown reason by the Spectator. I doubt very much if any of these 4 tossers have ever done a productive days’s work in their miserable lives and have grown fat suckling on the taxpayers teat. I despise them.

        • Aaron D Highside

          Pilgrim?

        • Fergus Pickering

          He does this.

    • Keith

      The only people appalled by it are Lefties who know that Boris is the only politician in the UK with any charisma. Labour will suffer terribly once he become leader of the Tory Party.

      • james102

        Boris Johnson is one of the medias’ own.

        The media also has its own culture which is as divorced from
        the majority of the electorate as the political class is.

        Remember Jan Hoch(Robert Maxwell and several other aliases)?
        Behaviour that even if only 10% of the rumours are correct would not be tolerated in any other industry. Brown’s mobile phone throwing and Prescotts groping had nothing on him. Alistair Campbell, of course, was one of Hoch’s close associates.

        A great pity we can’t have serious candidates such as Redwood,
        but then they don’t meet the medias’ requirements to supply headlines.

      • telemachus

        Not exactly the only politician with charisma
        I refer to the charismatic genius

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