So Boris is back. The blonde king has announced his plans to stand as an MP in 2015 and he did so in typical Bojo style. “I might as well be absolutely clear that, in all probability, I will try to find somewhere to stand in 2015,” he spluttered after his speech on Europe last Wednesday. “It is highly likely that I will be unsuccessful in that venture, by the way. You should never underestimate the possibility of things going badly wrong. But I will try that. But one thing is absolutely clear, I will serve out my mandate here in London.”
This from the man who, in the run up to the last mayoral election, pledged to put Londoners first. Back in 2012 he told the Evening Standard: “If I am fortunate enough to win I will need four years to deliver what I have promised. And having put trust at the heart of this election, I would serve out that term in full. I made a solemn vow to Londoners to lead them out of recession, bring down crime and deliver the growth, investment and jobs that this city so desperately needs. Keeping that promise cannot be combined with any other political capacity”.
Quite right Boris: running London is NOT a part time job. It’s a full time one that, quite simply, can’t be combined with writing a column for The Telegraph and serving your constituents while working out a way to get your hands on the ultimate prize - becoming leader of the Conservative Party. For make no mistake: Boris is nothing if not ruthlessly ambitious – as his announcement that he wants to be a part time Mayor makes clear.
JAT doesn’t always agree with Nick Clegg but the Deputy PM clearly has the blonde Conservative sussed. “Behind all the clumsiness and bumbliness he is actually a really, really ambitious politician,” the Lib Dem leader told LBC Radio earlier this week. “He treats his political ambition like he treats his hair. He wants everyone to think he does not care but actually he really, really does care.”
Boris’ plans to be a part time mayor bear testament to this and show that he is more interested in succeeding his old Etonian comrade, David Cameron, than serving the interests of Londoners who are now learning that they have been lied to.
London deserves better than a man obsessed with vanity projects – think Boris bikes that no one wants to sponsor and a desire to build Hong Kong style skyscrapers that have resulted in a city more polluted than Beijing, as opposed to affordable housing – who is now (and probably never was) not content to ‘just’ be mayor of the world’s greatest city.
His zip wire antics and Dad like dancing may have once made us smile, but today Londoners are no longer laughing.