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Ukip might help Labour win, but a "progressive majority" looks further away than ever

In his salad days, Boris Johnson wrote a handy guide to the dirty art of winning elections to the Oxford Union. He included the handy advice that it’s always important to never take someone else’s numbers at face value, recalling one hack who claimed to be able to control 50 votes. “I doubt he controlled [...]

Ukip's Clacton coup could open TV debate door for Farage

Credits: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Alt Text: Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell With Boris Johnson refusing to stand against defector Carswell, victory could be very sweet for Ukip leader Column Don Brind Monday, September 1, 2014 - 8:45am Douglas Carswell, the Tory MP who has defected to Ukip, looks set to win the Clacton by-election easily. Show More Summary

Why David Cameron must beg Boris Johnson to fight in Calcton

Nigel Farage hastens to Clacton today to launch what is certain to be a sensational by-election. The stakes could not be higher. If Douglas Carswell wins, Ukip will have returned its first democratically elected MP to Parliament. This triumph will open the way to further progress in the General Election – and encourage other conservative [...]

Combating Terrorism

The London Mayor, Boris Johnson, makes some sensible points in his regular column for The Telegraph about the need to take practical steps to combat the new breed of terrorists operating under the banner of ISIL, formerly known as ISIS or IS. Show More Summary

If Boris Johnson is a Westminster outsider, why has he just applied for club membership?

Boris Johnson has bottled it. Twice. That may seem a curious thing to say about a man who’s just confirmed he’ll stand for Parliament at the next election, but bear with me. Mr Johnson’s first capitulation is in standing at all. If he was going to gamble in hopes of winning big and becoming Tory [...]

On Yer Bike, Boris! As an Uxbridge Boy I Have to Say... We Don't Want You

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has just 'revealed' that he is to run for my home seat of Uxbridge and South Ruislip. In January I predicted that Uxbridge and Hillingdon institution Sir John Randall MP would be standing down. In July he finally announced it, and from then on the whole Boris thing was a bit of a safe bet. Show More Summary

Breaking: Boris Johnson to stand in Uxbridge

Boris Johnson has confirmed that he is going to apply to be the Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. His announcement comes on the same day that Nigel Farage… Continue reading The post Breaking: Boris Johnson to stand in Uxbridge appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister

Awkward, especially here, I know, but there you have it. But, look, if any other high-profile politician were suggesting the burden of proof in criminal trials should be switched from… Continue reading The post Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

BoJo Spells the End of Conservatism, Would Herald a New Libertarian Party

Westminster blog The Conservative Woman has run a scathing op-ed on Tory leadership hopeful and Mayor of London Boris Johnson, claiming that he would spell the end of the Conservative Party as we know it. Addressing the apparent pact...Show More Summary

Thames Baths plan for wild swimming in central London

Credits: Studio Octopi Alt Text: Temple Baths in the Thames Designs for a swimming pool floating off the Victoria Embankment have Boris Johnson's backing One-Minute Read Friday, August 15, 2014 - 3:10pm Plans to bring wild swimming to...Show More Summary

What kind of leader would Boris Johnson be?

August is supposed to be quiet in the Westminster village. Of course it is not always so, as we have been reminded by the marking of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Events of the last couple of weeks have been nothing like that – despite the terrible events throughout [...]

Why Boris could be the Tories' secret weapon against Nigel Farage

Not for the last time, the Tories hope, Nigel Farage has had his well-laid plans disrupted by Boris Johnson. Last week, the Ukip leader’s team was getting ready to announce that Mr Farage is on the shortlist to stand at the general election for South Thanet, a three-way marginal where an opinion poll has suggested [...]

London Mayor Briefly Supports the Robopocalypse for London Bus Drivers

Replacing London's driver-operated buses with driverless vehicles would provide large cost savings as part of a "paradigm shift" in the way people travel, according to a controversial passage in a document published by Boris JohnsonShow More Summary

Boris Johnson on National I.D. Cards

Walter Olson The intelligence and entertainment value of national British politics are likely to rise now that Boris Johnson, the euro-skeptical, cosmopolitan Conservative mayor of London, is looking to re-enter Parliament. A steadyShow More Summary

Boris is right to set out an ambitious EU reform agenda

As we noted in an earlier post, London Mayor Boris Johnson's intervention on the UK's future relationship with the EU set out a list of policy objectives that go well beyond what David Cameron has so far proposed. They noticeably set...Show More Summary

An inconvenient fact for Boris backers is that more people tell pollsters they’ll support him than actually give him their vote

Why we should be sceptical about all Boris polling For those like me who love watching political battles the ongoing tussle for the Tory leadership between Boris Johnson and George Osborne will be a pleasure to behold. Both have their strong points and both, it is said, have set their hearts on being Dave’s successor. […]

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