There has been some speculation, most of it idle, that Boris Johnson will not stand for
re-election as London Mayor in 2012. Speaking to the Today programme about the necessity of protecting the Olympics budget, Boris commented on his putative re-election campaign. He said:
‘If things are still going well I would be totally crackers not to have another go at it then. But I’m going to be making an announcement later on.’
Many would describe his tenure so far as a comedy of inertia. I don’t: Johnson battled hard to shield the City from puerile political indignation at the height of the financial crisis. It
showed a seriousness and determination not usually associated with a panel show politician. Boris had, and probably still harbours, prime ministerial ambitions; but in all likelihood the latest
flurry of infidelity and paternity suits have curtailed his chances for the moment. Defending London for the Tories mid-term would be no mean feat, and Boris knows that.