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'there were a lot of young volunteers in t-shirts at the event and the campaign merchandise uses the same Andy Warhol "pop art" style that proved popular at freshers' fairs last year.'

Well, they say that imitation is the sincerest form of rip off (up since early July):


Boris's team have even used the same colour scheme. But. We are still backing Boris.


Sensible not to continue with outright opposition to the congestion charge. Were there questions and, if so, what was the tone? Was he asked about continuing as MP for Henley? How many marks out of ten would Sam give the performance?

In short, was it lift off?

michael mcgough

Good job he held this launch today--- before the tube strikes bite.

Tony Makara

Sounds like a really good and balanced speech from Boris. I liked the bit about the mango juice. Now no-one can ever look at a mango without thinking of Boris. I like the unambiguous language used, saying exactly what is in the tin. Brilliant from Boris.

Deputy Editor

Londoner, there wasn't a public Q&A!

I'd say 7/10, not quite lift-off but on the way. I laughed out loud at some of his phrases and he's onto some good issues.

I think I actually took him more seriously when he wasn't trying to be serious - Let Boris be Boris!

london conservative

"Rabbit hutch dwellings" and "posher cars"... it's just a longer than usual Daily Telegraph editorial.

As usual, the Buffoon express does not appear to have a destination.

Annesley Abercorn

Delighted that his team is looking at a 21st century version of a Routemaster bus. London is crying out for such a vehicle. The Routemaster was iconic. Now that it is no longer in service after 50 years of operation, we need a new one to replace some of the horrible things on the streets of London today.

Alison Lockyer

I thought it was a great speech and had a real buzz about it. Did it show Boris is up to the job? Absolutely.


Ah - Didn't the residents, when consulted, vote overwhelmingly against the Congestion Charge?

Didn't our Ken get a huge amount of flak from the Conservatives for ignoring their wishes?

Despite sneering at deals with alleged 'left-wing' dictators, it seems that Boris is no more democratically-inclined than the present incumbent.

Although Boris can always be relied upon to brighten up our day, I don't think that our great City is quite ready for the 'Tommy Cooper' style of political management.

Henry Mayhew - Ukip for Boris

Sounds good. Forward Boris!


Before making commitments about replacement Routemasters he should check EU regulations.

This is one area which has been ceded to Brussels. When the present regulations were introduced it turned out, due to a miraculous coincidence, that Mercedes Benz just happened to have an available model with specs that matched the regulations. Hance the hateful Bendy Buses.

John Moss

Like the best politicians, he's nicked everybody elses' best ideas:

Andrew Boff has already announced - a design competition for a new London Bus; no public funding for 1 and 2 bedroom flats; a doubling of the manpower for Safer Neighbourhood Teams;

What Boris has not done is pledge to cut City Hall bureuacracy by two thirds; Involve the Borough's best leaders in guiding policy and allow the people to promote policy by petition. Boff again.

Sorry, Johnson will be portrayed by Livingstone as a Tory Toff and the left wing media will lap it up because they hate us. The people will just register the same old "us and them" and stick with Livingstone because he is more like them.

Don't get me wrong, I really like Johnson and he is fiercely intelligent, I just don't think he can win and we need a candidate who can win.

Graeme Archer

I can't say anything bad about Boris the man - like everyone outside the more demented wing of the Labour Party, I think he's great. But his policies don't add up to a differential manifesto: every Tory will focus on crime. I would like to hear more about the leverage of the third sector to get people off the conveyor belt *to* crime (he may have talked about this, I wasn't there).

But I'd like something much more radical than this: eg a thought out plan to dismantle the parallel, costly and ineffective mayoral office machinery, and replace it with an effective, efficient matrix leadership organisation, that will increase the power of the boroughs in the running of London -- this is Andrew Boff policy.

I also want the right to petition for specific London mayoral legislation, if I can convince enough of my fellow citizens to sign up for a proposition with me -- Andrew Boff again.

Boris is great, but Boff's ideas are more thought through. Don't decide till you've seen them both at the hustings -- next week!

Graeme Archer

By the way I think Boris made a tactical error in not promising to let the congestion charge die. I want our candidate for mayor to promise not to renew the contract - there is plenty of evidence that the charge is ineffective. Go and look at the closed down shops on Bishopsgate if you want proof of the distorting and deleterious effect on business the Charge has caused to those who lie just within its boundary. Boff is clear on this. The only thing I've heard Boris reported as saying - that he favours some sort of satnav tracking of cars - is something that as a staunchly anti-ID card Tory I find anathema!

london conservative

Did Boris Johnson apologise for calling black people "picanninies"?

Oh, silly me, he didn't take any questions. No questions from the media, just like the forthcoming Mayoral election--not.

Deputy Editor

I'd be interested to know what your agenda is "london conservative", all the comments you've ever made have been attacking Boris Johnson.


Hello london conservative

Did Boris Johnson apologise for calling black people "picanninies"?

Nope, because he was taking the P out of Blair's sense of imperialistic destiny at the time.




"Let Boris be Boris" seems to be the title of the page. I hope that he isn't going to base his entire campaign strategy on episodes of the west wing.

Graeme Archer

Imitation is flattery - but Boris should have the grace to be specific about from whom he is taking his policy ideas (nearly word for word):

6th September - Daily Telegraph -
Boris: why Londoners should vote for me
"Alas, I don't think that current legislation would permit me to reintroduce the Routemasters as they were. But wouldn't it be wonderful if we could design a beautiful successor to the cyclist-killing bendy-bus, a 21st-century Routemaster?"

29th July - Pink News - interview with Andrew Boff:
"I'm not saying, 'lets bring back the Routemaster,' because the Routemaster was dangerous, and it was not accessible for disabled people – it was an icon of exclusion to disabled people.
"Let's take the process we adopted when we got the Routemaster, and do it again, and that is, build a bus for London.

"Don't just import something. Actually design a bus for London. For goodness sake, we're big enough to be able to justify the expense of designing something specifically for this city."

James Wright

24 hour policing?

So did Boris Johnson call the police after he finished his telephone call with convicted fraudster Darius Guppy, the call in which Guppy told him he wanted his help in locating a journalist he planned to have beaten up?

london conservative

I just want a decent Conservative candidate who, like Steve Norris, would never utter the words "picanninies." As the respected and independent London expert Tony Travers writes in the latest New Statesman:

"There is no way to dress up expressions such as "piccaninnies" and "watermelon smiles" to take them within a million miles of acceptable."

I have also criticised Victoria Borwick and Warwick Lightfoot for their inexperience, said I plan to support Andrew Boff, and lamented that Lord Stevens or Digby Jones or Steve Norris, or other equally experienced and qualified people, are not available to be our party's candidate.

As for "englandism," I'm sorry but it's a matter of record that Mr. Johnson does not have a problem using those racial epithets in public or in private.

He offends those he demeans with his words.

For example: "If gay marriage was OK - and I was uncertain on the issue - then I saw in principle no reason why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog."

and of course: "Labour's appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it."

Yuk. No thanks. Let's not have someone who purposely appeals to this sort of bigotry.

Richard Baxter

'For example: "If gay marriage was OK - and I was uncertain on the issue - then I saw in principle no reason why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog."'

Well, he is logically consistent, if not exactly tactful. If gay marriage is OK, then why not polygamy?

As for the comments about "watermelon smiles" and "piccaninnies", you cannot simply take such phrases in isolation without considering the context. On reading the article in question, it is clear that Mr. Johnson was lampooning such outdated views of Africans rather than endorsing them.

The beautiful thing about Boris is that he thinks outside the box and speaks his mind, unlike his critics who simply spout PC dogma and try their utmost not to offend. For Londoners sick of Ken's idiocy he may prove to be a refreshing change.

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