THIS week Bagehot examines the political standing of Boris Johnson, finding it to be in fine fettle. Flamboyant, popular and electorally successful, London’s mayor is easily the most-discussed candidate to take the reins of the Conservative Party, when the time comes. Show More Summary
The recent trips by George Osborne and Boris Johnson to China to champion mutually beneficial investment have been given considerable media coverage in the UK.
Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies attracted attention for its remarks about IQ, but the media ignored its central thesis. The speech is against equality,… Continue reading The post Boris’s stand on equality prepares him for leadership appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
London's mayor, Boris Johnson, got himself in hot water last week with the following politically incorrect remark: Like it or not, the free market economy is the only show in town.... No one can ignore the harshness of that...
Oh, Boris. London's colorful, outspoken mayor Boris Johnson found himself in the hot seat during a phone-in radio show Tuesday when host Nick Ferrari ambushed the politician with a few questions from "an official IQ test," the BBC reports. Show More Summary
If only Boris Johnson had enjoyed as fun a day as his mannequin in Madame Tussauds. While the Mayor struggled with an IQ test set by LBC’s Nick Ferrari, his… Continue reading The post Coffee Shots: Boris Johnson’s Christmas cheer appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Boris Johnson insisted today that critics of his comments about IQ had chosen to ‘wilfully misconstrue what I said’. He told LBC radio this morning that ‘what I was saying… Continue reading The post Boris Johnson’s Tory colleagues refuse to stick up for him on IQ comments appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Johnson gets two answers wrong and doesn't answer the third question. Can you do better? One-Minute Read LAST UPDATED AT 13:12 ON Tue 3 Dec 2013 BORIS JOHNSON has "failed" a short IQ test, days after suggesting that millions of people...Show More Summary
Boris Johnson’s speech at the Centre for Policy Studies, much misrepresented, is still grabbing headlines. Boris gave the Margaret Thatcher memorial lecture, so it’s no surprise it has been interpreted… Continue reading The post Michael Gove and Boris Johnson: partners in power? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
@JohnRentoul QTWTAIY? New PB Thread is John Rentoul right? http://t.co/zwjFwvx6q7 pic.twitter.com/gRfcBy6j5v — TSEofPB (@TSEofPB) December 1, 2013 On Wednesday Boris Johnson delivered the Margaret Thatcher lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies. You can read the full speech here. I must declare an interest, speaking as a Tory, I loved the speech, in my opinion, this is […]
The sad part is he’s not alone in his beliefs. Via The UK Guardian reports: Boris Johnson was on Thursday accused of revealing his “unpleasant elitism” and insulting the low-paid of London after he controversially suggested some peo...
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, caused a furor this week with a speech at London's Centre for Policy Studies in London, a neo-liberal free-market think tank. The section of the speech that caused the most anguish was, on the surface, about making sure London is a more meritocratic society. Show More Summary
Boris Johnson says (pdf): It is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16% of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2% have an IQ above 130. It might be relevant, but not...
By golly, by jove – Boris Johnson has done something I never thought possible. He's turned me into a Cameroon. Let's start with the caveats. Boris Johnson is perhaps the pre-eminent Tory figure of his generation, his intelligence and charisma surprassing the Prime Minister's and making most of his conservative comrades look like intellectual midgets. [...]
Mayor of London's speech this week ignored the negative impacts of inequality, says David Huffman Column The Conversation LAST UPDATED AT 07:49 ON Fri 29 Nov 2013 GREED is good. So is envy. So says Boris Johnson, who told the CentreShow More Summary
If only. Last night de Pfeffel Johnson delivered the annual Margaret Thatcher lecture in defence of inequality. Funny how you always get people who benefit from this state of affairs singing its praises. But anyway, there's was a five minute brouhaha that will last until another leading Tory says something outrageous in a day or two. Show More Summary
There’s a double standard that has always confused me. Society is contemptuous of people who make their money using their looks – the celebrities and glamour models and reality TV show winners and so on – but impressed by people who make money using their brains. And yet the people who make money with their [...]
Twitter is aflame with people objecting to Boris Johnson's Margaret Thatcher lecture last night, confirming Peter Hitchens's description of the social network as "a left-wing electronic mob". One of the most common criticisms is that Boris ignored the link between high levels of income inequality, which he condoned, and low levels of social mobility, which [...]
Nicholas Watt, "Boris Johnson invokes Thatcher spirit with greed is good speech", The Guardian 11/27/2013: Boris Johnson has launched a bold bid to claim the mantle of Margaret Thatcher by declaring that inequality is essential to fostering "the spirit of envy" and hailed greed as a "valuable spur to economic activity". In an attempt to [...]
Hold the front page, Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson has made a startling confession: he’s not a communist. Well not quite, but almost. Boris in fact said in a… Continue reading The post Where Boris was right on inequality appeared first on Spectator Blogs.