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4.0 out of 5 stars He's just a soul whose intentions are good ...., 3 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Friends, Voters, Countrymen (Paperback)
Oh Lord, please don't let him be misunderstood. Poor old Boris. He's an honest and straight-forward sort of chap - just says what he thinks and never mind the consequences. What consequences? The consequences that never seem to occur to him until it's pointed out to him that he's put his foot in it again. He's just a simple, harmless graduate of the Bertie Wooster Academy of Bumbling Buffoonery. That's how the Millwall supporters come to be armed with the ostensibly innocuous chant: "There's only one Boris Johnson" with which to taunt Liverpool supporters. You may not know what the Millwall supporters are getting at but you know Boris must have made another inadvertent gaff and somehow managed to alienate, in all probability, the entire population of Liverpool. Oh dear.
Here's a book about his campaign to be the Conservative MP for Henley, that will provide a few insights and perhaps persuade some doubters that Boris is really quite a charming and amiable sort. After all, just think how unpopular you or any of us would be if we didn't censor some the things we think before blurting them out in public. That seems to be Boris's main problem. He must imagine that everybody shares his sense of humour. Clearly he's mistaken. I think he's very funny but a lot of people think he's offensive. Here's an example from the book: He was completely put off his stroke "by some Luddite barracking from the member for Glasgow Pollock. In case you can't place him, he is almost totally bald, giving him a curiously buttock-headed appearance". Very funny. He's managed to outrage a lot of bald people and their wives, children and friends. Did it occur to him that a fair number of his constituents - the people who voted for him might fail to see the humour in that remark? Of course not. And in any case he can't resist trying to be funny. He's just a big kid really. I can't help liking him - but then he hasn't managed to insult me .... yet.
I recommend this book, but only to those who share Boris's sense of humour. It's an easy read. I learned some interesting things about political campaigning and what it's like to be an MP. I have the impression that you have to be hard or mad to harbour any such ambition. I read most of the book with a smile on my face, even though I don't agree with him on a lot of issues. If you already dislike his style and don't appreciate his sense of humour be warned, this is more of the same: classic Boris.
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