Boris Johnson, not fit for Mayor


by Sunny
21st August, 2007 at 5:12 pm    

Compass, the left-wing pressure group has published a report today saying that London Mayor candidate Boris Johnson is not just a buffoon, but a hard-right ideologue with a long history of controversy. From the Guardian today:

The dossier’s charges range from his “enthusiastic” support for the Iraq war (where he once claimed there had been only 150 casualties) and George Bush, to his opposition to the Kyoto treaty on climate change, the minimum wage and the public smoking ban. Mr Johnson also supports fox and stag hunting, grammar schools and section 28 – Tory legislation outlawing the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools.

His risque jokes as a magazine and newspaper columnist are also in Compass’s sights. It cites instances when he referred to black people as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”; accused New Guinea of “orgies of cannibalism” and insulted both Portsmouth and Liverpool – the latter offence prompting Michael Howard to force an apology, even though, as editor of the Spectator, Mr Johnson had not personally penned the offending editorial.

And that doesn’t even include the paranoia-inciting piece of crap that was the ‘Eurabia‘ front cover for the Spectator. Why should such conspiracy theorising against Muslims “taking over” be acceptable when it isn’t for other minorities?


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  1. Riz — on 21st August, 2007 at 5:49 pm  

    Knowing BJ only really from his performance on Have I Got News for You, I thought he was a great, colourful, innocent, english bufoon. Alas, he is not so innocent. To be enjoyed for comedy value only … and from a distance.

  2. Jagdeep — on 21st August, 2007 at 5:50 pm  

    I wish someone would write a similar report for that twit called Livingstone.

  3. Soso — on 21st August, 2007 at 5:56 pm  

    Why should such theorising against Muslims “taking over” be acceptable when it isn’t for other minorities?

    Because other minorities don’t harbour such ambitions.

    And the term “conspiracy” hardly applies when the imperialist aims radical Islamists have on England and The West are widely available to read.

    Conspiracies, Sunny, are by their very nature secret and not trumpeted in public.

    Ban on public smoking? Utterly useless, an impotent attempt to do something about the enviroment. Impotent because ACTUALLY doing something concrete for the enviroment would effect the bottom line, and therefore cannot be done.

    And why should homosexuality be promoted in schools at taxpayers expense?

    Should schools also promote the joys of polygamy at taxpayers expense?

    And as for “Compass”? They couldn’t tell southwest from northeast.

    They just follow the yellow brick road.

    And you’ll base you decision on that, right?

  4. Don — on 21st August, 2007 at 5:57 pm  

    BJ is good comedy value, but when it comes to substantial matters he is old-school shire Tory. For London? Not my problem, but how much of his vote is from the ‘celeb’ sector?

  5. Don — on 21st August, 2007 at 6:00 pm  

    Soso,

    Opposing section 28 is promoting homosexuality in schools at taxpayers expense? How would that work?

  6. Sunny — on 21st August, 2007 at 6:09 pm  

    Conspiracies, Sunny, are by their very nature secret and not trumpeted in public.

    Mmmm… isn’t that what they say about the Protocol of Elders.

    when the imperialist aims radical Islamists have on England and The West are widely available to read.

    But you’re not stupid enough to equate all Muslims with the designs of a new nutcases. Are you? Else, what would that mean for Timothy McVeigh and his crew? Or David Copeland?

  7. Carl Malways — on 21st August, 2007 at 8:50 pm  

    I’m not sure whether Boris will be that right wing, but I feel that Ken has been rattled. The fact he has attacked Boris for receiving advice on crime from Lee Baca shows that Ken will stoop low. London needs advice on gun, drug and gang crime – not relationships with dodgy South American despots.

  8. Yusuf Smith — on 21st August, 2007 at 11:22 pm  

    The culture surrounding Johnson (let’s not call him Boris or BoJo as if we’re his old school chums) is rather like that of a boys’ boarding school in which bullying goes on and the victims are ridiculed for failing to see the “funny side”. Thus, we should just recognise that his remarks about piccaninnies etc are just jokes, when actually they’re not funny, which is what distinguishes a joke from a jibe. He may or may not actually be a racist, but the fact remains that he appears not to think the matter serious enough for consideration. And yes, as a journalist, he was happy to whip up paranoia against Muslims. He’s dangerous.

  9. sid — on 22nd August, 2007 at 1:29 am  

    To call him a nasty Tory bigot would be a pleonasm. No wonder the Evening Standard loves him. He’s most certainly the right man to be mayor of Londonistan.

  10. ChrisC — on 22nd August, 2007 at 8:32 am  

    Ken is certainly rattled – which is a good thing!
    But I don’t think either Ken or Boris is especially “fit” for Mayor.
    Where is our Bloomberg?!

    sid – “pleonasm” at 1.29am – impressive!

  11. Hannibal — on 22nd August, 2007 at 12:12 pm  

    You lot are in danger of giving Boris credibility. Either he is the joke you sometimes say he is or he is a serious threat to London. He can’t be both as this post points out:

    http://ybfblog.wordpress.com/2007/08/22/boris-johnson-a-member-of-the-hard-tory-right/

  12. Jean-Luc Gascard — on 22nd August, 2007 at 8:36 pm  

    I think sid is talking about both semantic and syntactic prolixity. Hope am not being pleonasmic with my attempt at clarifying it.

    BoJo with his Turkish-Muslim ancestors should be suspect, he has the potential to revert back to old ways. Can you imagine someone with Muslim ancestors being the mayor of London, of all places in the world?

  13. TheFriendlyInfidel — on 18th September, 2007 at 10:00 am  

    I’m sick to the back teeth of Livingstone. I mean what did he ever do for us?

    The buses.

    Other than the making the buses work, what has he ever done for us?

    Extented the tube openings times.

    Other than the making the buses work, the extented tube opening times what has he ever done for us?

    The congestion zone.

    Other than the making the buses work, the extented tube opening times and the congestion zone what has he ever done for us?

    Organized various ethic festivals.

    Other than the making the buses work, the extented tube opening times, the congestion zone and ethic festivals what has he ever done for us?

    Sucked radical Islamic ****.

    … and there it is … out with the old in with the new.

    I hope Boris manages to implement Livingstones stones fluffy socialist policies while cracking down on the gun crime that happen outside my front door. When in south Africa I got small arms training so if things get to bad I can snatch a gun from a dead hoodie’s hand and shoot my way on to the tube system to get to work… or get a bus instead.

    TFI

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