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Friends, Voters, Countrymen Paperback – 17 Jun 2002
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Whatever you think of Boris Johnson's politics, it is hard to deny the man's ability to raise a chortle, as evidenced in Friends, Voters, Countrymen. Not content with gainful employment as a columnist for the Daily Telegraph, editor of the Spectator and regular contestant on Have I Got News For You, Johnson decided to turn his hand to politics on the principle that side-swiping at those in positions of responsibility didn't amount to much if one never had to make political decisions oneself. And despite the self-deprecating indignities of the trawling campaign trail recounted here, Johnson clearly has no regrets in taking up the challenge. The book chronicles his failures and successes over the course of two general elections: from humiliating failure in Clwyd South to glorious victory in Henley-upon-Thames. There are many hilarious episodes: his rivalry with golden boy "Hezza", the unforgivable incident at the village jumble sale and the time when, out running in the rain, he is stopped by several young men who call him a c**t. He turns on them, rather pitifully protesting that "things are bad enough, and now you call me a c**t--why do you say that?" only to be met with the simple, arm-round-shoulder response: "face the fact that you're a c**t". Such is life in the public eye as one of the representatives of a great democracy. A light and delightful romp, this is a thoroughly enjoyable eye-opener for anyone who's ever wondered what it's like to get into politics and why on earth people do it. --Rebecca Johnson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'Immensely good fun…such an entertaining read.' Daily Mail
'It is very funny…and has, in short, all the idiosyncracies of its author.' Jeremy Paxman, The Spectator
'Mr Johnson has written a lively and engrossing account of his candidacy. Johnson is passionate even about the drudgery of canvassing…extremely funny.' Daily Express
‘Johnson has cracked the art of making politics invigorating.' Daily TelegraphSee all Product description
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Boris Johnson is such a marvellous character. After his many appearances on TV, bumbling his way through whatever is thrown at him, people inevitably fall for his bizarre charm. Fortunately, "Friends Voters Countrymen" has all the hallmarks of classic Boris. Unafraid to relate stories that depict him as a buffoon, Boris manages to steer between humourous anecdotes and political argument with ease. Whether you agree with his politics or not, you can't deny that he has a fascinating and entertaining way of putting his point across.
The stories of his various gaffes are priceless, as are his explanations of the logic behind his eccentrcities. In the ends, you just can't help warming to the man, something that few politicians have ever managed before.
Unlike the later book, "Lend Me Your Ears", this has a very informal style and is highly accessible. If you have ever been captivated by Boris's brilliantly bizarre on TV and wondered what goes on in the mind of this wonderfully eccentric character, this is definitely the book for you.
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.
I loved it! It is so funny...and probably loved it all the more because I knew the places he mentioned and even some of the people in Henley on Thames where he won his seat.
Read it even if you disagree with his politics - it's such an enjoyable read, I was laughing out loud on the train!
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