One should think carefully before accusing Boris Johnson of being “out of touch” with the British public.by Will Hazell / May 25, 2012 / Leave a comment
One should think carefully before accusing Boris Johnson of being “out of touch” with the British public. During the mayoral election race, Labour repeatedly tried to pin this label on the London Mayor, usually by regurgitating Boris’s impolitic remark that his £250,000 fee for writing a weekly Telegraph column was “chicken feed”. The accusation however never quite rang true: ask Londoners which of the two main mayoral candidates they would rather be stuck in a lift with, and rarely would they plump for Ken Livingstone, the anorak of municipal politics.
Boris’s popularity allowed him to defy political gravity by being re-elected even as his party were trounced nationally, boosting speculation that he could be a serious contender for the post-Cameron Conservative leadership. Johnson’s extraordinary attack on the BBC in Monday’s Telegraph is however a reminder that behind the affable persona lies a bundle of political beliefs which are so out of sync with the public, they could make Boris a liability if he ever completes his rise to the top of his party.