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Top Customer Reviews
Boris Johnson reminds me of this kind of book. He’s a not-quite politician.
When he was appointed shadow Arts Minister in May 2004, his response was: "look the point is...er, what is the point? It is a tough job but somebody has got to do it." Rhetoricians - of which Boris is undoubtedly a very practised example - will recognise that he is cleverly using anacoluthon and erotema - interrupting the syntax of the sentence with a rhetorical question - in order to give a carefully calibrated impression of idiocy.
Boris himself calls this style 'imbecilio'.
"Boris," says Harry Mount, in an introduction that's rather more interesting than the rest of the book, "is in fact a brilliant calibrator." In particular, his "magical gift for surreal, amusing apology" works "like a sort of bulletproof armour." When Eddie Mair called him "a nasty piece of work" earlier this year, Boris drew the venom with relative ease. "If a BBC presenter can't attack a nasty Tory politician," he suggested the next day, "what's the world coming to?"
By holding up a mirror to our own prejudices, Johnson implies a level of honesty that actually increases his credibility. He knows that the only politician the public will now believe is a parody of a politician.
Johnson's rhetoric is the fruit of an expensive, classical education. What Eton and Balliol failed, apparently, to instil in our man is any "capacity for long, concentrated periods of work" (Mount's words).Read more ›
So it's 'jolly good' revenue for all us great chaps.
Although most of the quotes are amusing, they do get a little repetitious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as gift for my wife. She's a strong Boris fan. I read some and is great humour. Fun read.Published on 9 Jun. 2015 by Tony-Bins
An entertaining and humorous Collection of quoted by and about londons popular mayor . Good value for moneyPublished on 4 May 2015 by C. Nielsen
This man cannot tight an accurate book for toffee, Borris is not portrayed in an accurate light. Harry stumbles along as usual with a political bias that is represented throughout... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Mr Joe Cork
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