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Podcast: Boris is back, Baroness Warsi’s resignation and the demise of the ‘nice girl’

7 August 2014

10:35 AM

7 August 2014

10:35 AM

Here comes Boris! After he announced yesterday that he will stand as an MP in 2015, the next Tory leadership fight has just begun. Now that Boris is back in the fray, and making Eurosceptic noises, he has an excellent chance of making it to No. 10 – to assume what he believes is his rightful destiny — the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Freddy Gray presents this week’s podcast, and talks to Harry Mount about how Boris’s parliamentary campaign might play out. Isabel Hardman also examines the possible constituencies he might pick.

The other major political story this week was Baroness Warsi’s shock resignation. But was it political or poisonous? Douglas Murray believes Warsi was over-promoted and incompetent, and is glad to see the back of her. Tim Stanley believes this is a harsh judgement of a nuanced politician who stood up for what she believed.

Plus, whatever happened to the ‘nice girl’? In this week’s magazine, Florence King suggests niceness has become the ‘eighth deadly sin for any self-respecting feminist’. Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, the founder of the Vagenda blog, discusses whether this is the case with two Spectator girls – Camilla Swift and Lara Prendergast.

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  • CraigStrachan

    Freddy Gray reminds me of Rob Newman’s character of Ray, the man with the permanently sarcastic tone of voice.

  • telemachus

    Truly the silly season
    BoJo would do well to keep a low profile
    With the big boys in the Commons Miliband, Burnham and Balls will slaughter him

  • Adam Carter

    I just can’t see it.
    Why is Boris Johnson taken seriously as a potential PM?
    The man is a buffoon, a comic turn.
    Why is he thought to have the judgement necessary to deal with the difficult issues that come to the PM’s desk?
    What type of person is prepared to defer to him and follow him?
    I certainly wouldn’t.
    Clearly other people see qualities in him that I don’t; would someone please tell me what they are?
    And what about his policies and positions?
    Didn’t he float the idea of an amnesty for illegal immigrants, i.e. criminals?
    Hasn’t he advocated Turkey’s accession to the EU?
    But now, adjusting to the political breeze, he has recently made a somewhat EUsceptic speech.Which stance should we believe?
    Why is he regarded as a potential PM?
    Answers please.

    • goatmince

      A successful sequence of Monty Python’s last circus just came to an end.
      The show must go on.