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Richard Calhoun

Boris for Mayor

It looks like Boris needs help urgently if the Tories are going to ensure he wins this huge political prize!

Matt Kellett

Not sure whether it will work but If the phi100 means that I can be in Scarborough and get a feel for the Westminster Village then it has to be a good thing.

jeff

Boris doesn't "run" anything. He just shows up. Late. Or not at all.

Elisabeth

Jeff,

Boris does indeed run. He's running the Sport Relief mile for charity on Sunday. Why not come out and cheer for the next Mayor of London?

jeff

I think the Sport Relief mile is a bit more his thing than being "the next Mayor of London."

Mr Angry

Boris started his campaign three months too late and so has had a lot of catching up to do. However he has got a good team supporting him, especially Lynton Crosby and Ian Clement, and if, after the late start he is considered to be about even with Leavingsoon who has been campaigning heavily, with taxpayers money, for the last year then that shows that he will be well ahead come poling day.

Both London and our party need very badly for everyone who can to help out in this campaign to do so. A Tory victory in the London Mayoral election is the turning point we all need and want and, when combined with our control of more London Boroughs than any other party, will put the lie to the likes of Gary Elsby's claim that London belongs to Labour.

kow tow

You can't run a proper political campaign without any experienced or strategic press handling and yet that is what Boris is attempting.

It would make history if he wins. Certainly practicing what he preaches in terms of not using press officers and replacing them with routemasters!

comstock

What exactly is Boris doing in Gateshead when the election is in London?

Andy Storey

I watched Boris speak this afternoon at Spring Forum, what a performance! Ken is not going to fool Londoners into returning him for another term.

Best of luck mate, I'll be supporting you all the way!

Geoff

At a national Party Forum, comstock?

angela

I wonder what universe some of the above bloggers come from, because where I live there is more interest in the London Mayor's election than ever before. (north London).

I hear people talking about it on the buses,and in supermarkets, saying £1,000,000 is lost every week on these ruddy bendy buses,how much better could that money be spent? then they blench at their council tax, while Boris points out that Ken has more press people than the royal family.Then they think about money laundering allegations at City Hall!

There is huge concern about crime and the heavy drinking which is the norm with teenagers, all the kids that go missing, the kids that are stabbed, drug taking, so many things.

Everyone in London knows who Boris Johnson is, because he is instantly recognisable and it is because Boris's campaign is not coming over as strategic and that people are paying attention. He comes over as sincere. As a lady in Sainsburys said on Friday "OOO, that Boris, he is a right brain box isn't he? Give him a chance and stuff b.... Ken!"

Ken has badly underestimated Londoners by keeping mentioning race. In the 80's, quite rightly, it was necessary to talk about it and sort it out. We all get on now, and have you ever heard the saying "Your thoughts become your future?

Talking about bad things reinforces them. We need to forget such a word exists, and be good to each other, life is tough enough. Londoners feel a huge amount of affection for Boris and people like his jokes. Humour is unifying. Talk about something positive for goodness sakes, not all this sadness, playing on peoples fears and nasty insinuations.

Ken has made a big big mistake using the word racism as an excuse for what is happening at City Hall and that is what will ultimately sink his campaign. There is a huge groundswell of opinion that THIS IS WRONG, we have moved on and Ken is underestimating the public by thinking we will fall for it.

ps. Finally Ken, what is this you were saying when you were posing with some artists that if Boris gets in our art will be brutalised! Excuse me! Like how! Tracey Emin think Boris is great and I love her work. What is he going to do, go mad in Tate modern with an axe? He paints for a hobby!

The difference between Boris's campaign and Ken's campaign is the difference between the positive and the negative, go for either Han Solo or Darth Vader FEEL THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE! Join me now! I don't want to and nor does hardly anybody else unless they are barking.

I said to the lady in Sainsburys, THINK POSITIVE. VOTE BORIS AND SAVE LONDON FROM A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH and she laughed herself sick.

Carla

Still just fumbling around, just like at Blackpool. What a twit.

angela

Ken's suppporters are always coming from the attitude of jeering and sneering at people with no solid facts to back anything up. Keep talking, every negative remark gets Boris another 50 votes.

Andrew Hemsted

Coming back from America last year, Boris was on my flight. While in the que for immigration at Gatwick, I was amazed to here people in my line saying things such as "I have never voted/voted Conservative in my life, but I will vote for him".
I was even more pleased when my friends, who have no interest in politics at all mentioned they had heard people say the same thing, and that were going to vote for him as well.

Andrew Hemsted

Coming back from America last year, Boris was on my flight. While in the que for immigration at Gatwick, I was amazed to here people in my line saying things such as "I have never voted/voted Conservative in my life, but I will vote for him".
I was even more pleased when my friends, who have no interest in politics at all mentioned they had heard people say the same thing, and that were going to vote for him as well.

Andrew Hemsted

Coming back from America last year, Boris was on my flight. While in the que for immigration at Gatwick, I was amazed to here people in my line saying things such as "I have never voted/voted Conservative in my life, but I will vote for him".
I was even more pleased when my friends, who have no interest in politics at all mentioned they had heard people say the same thing, and that were going to vote for him as well.

comstock

So good he said it thrice

Jessica Wells

Well, they do have more than one computer over at County Hall.

suburban man

Perhaps it's what Boris Johnson meant when last month he called for "an online intifada against the little lies we are fed every day by this prime minister and his kindred spirit Ken Livingstone."

What jolly japes those intifadas are, Boris...

annabel

Boris Johnson definitely has the X Factor

annabel

Boris Johnson definitely has the X Factor

Mr Angry

I've long wondered just how many Labour trolls read CH, but is seems to have taken the extremely realistic prospect of Boris beating their vile hero Leavingsoon to coax them all into starting to post. Read this and weep Labour losers:

BORIS WILL WIN & PROVE THAT LONDON IS BETTER OFF UNDER THE CONSERVATIVES!

Josh Kane

Oh wait up. The Sloane rangers are arriving. Is Central Office really still open at this time?

You can always tell when the Tory Party is in trouble when Charlotte and Annabel show up. It's fine for the offices of the Spectator but not a serious political party.

annabel

I'm no Sloane Ranger mate, and my working class credentials are as good or better than yours. My mother just liked the name Annabel.

One hugely encouraging thing is how the young kids are getting interested in politics because of Boris.

Boris has 53 per cent of the 18 to 24 age vote compared to Ken's 41 per cent. My neighbour's son is 21 and she told me for the first time, he is really interested in politics and he and all his friends want to vote for Boris and also vote Conservative.

angela

I made a mistake saying that Ken Livingstone has more press people than the Royal Family. What I meant was, Ken Livingstone employs more media people than the PRIME MINISTER. sorry Ken and it is important to be accurate.

However, you do employ too many media people.

angela

Ken Livingstone has picked green issues as the most important in the London Mayoral Election.

Green issues are very important, but the safety of children, the frail and eldery and indeed of everyone and th reduction of crime, to me is the most important issue.

angela

Lately everyone is saying.. "WHERE IS KEN?"

Ken has been a no show at rather a lot of engagements lately , all of which were attended by Boris, but his supporters screamed blue murder when Boris couldn't make the Time Out gig. The date of the gig was changed at short notice, to a day that Boris was booked to speak to newspaper editors.

No such good reason for Ken's sudden repeated unavailibility. He has failed to attend The Islington Commission on safety at St. Mary's Church islington. (11th Feb).
Also the UK Youth Parliament visit at Ministry of Sound in SE1.

Then he butted out of the Federation of Small Businesses hustings at Novotel, Hammersmith. NO KEN OR BRIAN PADDICK, (15th March).

He also was a no show at the Damilola Taylor Centre for the Peace Tree Event. Boris missed him there and Boris visited every stall and talked to people who had lost loved ones.

Now it seems that Ken has pulled out of the the Centre for Social justice hustings and also the NO21D Hustings.

Ken's closest friends would never claim he was Mr. Sensitive. However, even for Ken, this is seriously pushing it.

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