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Boris becalmed

His first year has been marked by inaction, not bumbling

By Ed Howker   June 2009

One year on: will the real Boris Johnson please stand up?

Boris Johnson once admitted to devoting “hours, days, years” in his late twenties to obsessing over former EU President Jacques Delors. He even claimed that the “pipe-puffing French socialist” inspired his best piece of writing, an article entitled “Delors’ plan to rule Europe” in the Sunday Telegraph, and held aloft by Danes marching to oppose the Maastricht treaty. Yet even now Johnson cannot escape the Frenchman’s legacy, especially the EU funding of “regional offices” that spawned the Greater London Authority—over which Johnson has spent a year as mayor.


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