So, my old chum and fellow Islington Conservative Boris Johnson MP has made it onto the shortlist of Tory candidates for Mayor of London
. I'm not totally convinced that Boris can beat Ken Livingstone, but I'd hazard a guess that he'd fare better than the other Tory shortlisters.
Boris has caused a ruckus in the past with some less than friendly comments he's made about, well, things like Liverpool and Liverpudlians. However, he's a household name who regularly appears on one of my three favorite British TV shows, "Have I Got News For You?", and has a lot of appeal amongst younger voters, probably because even if it involves inserting his foot into his mouth occasionally, he says what he thinks and gets on with it. Of course, he's not an anti-Semite, a communist, or a bendy-bus/newt fanatic (like Ken Livingstone) so that also puts him in my good books. And did I mention that he lives in Islington, my former borough? And that he was born in the US?