Sunday, 4 May 2008

Boris Johnson vs Cameron: Triumph of The Mail?

Boris Johnson's pals are already backing him for Prime Minister, and pitching him against David Cameron, as he becomes the most powerful Tory politician in Britain.

Boris' old boss at The Telegraph Charles Moore told the Mail on Sunday:

"He could end up being Prime Minister. I think that is what he most of all wants. Boris has a will. He is a very, very ambitious person and I am sure that what he wants to do is to prove that you can be this extraordinary person and you can be this sort of pretend-fool. I think he is always trying to prove something. He has the most driving egotism and ambition."

Boris' biographer Andrew Gimson also confirmed that the Mayor had 'set his sights' on the premiership from an early age and that the Mayoralty would be used as a 'springboard' for a challenge on the Tory leadership.

He told The Mail that there was already an: "Implicit rivalry between Boris and Cameron", and warned that Mr Cameron would be "wary" in the future of the threat."

The Daily Mail have always had an uneasy relationship with David Cameron at the best of times. His closeness in style to the hated Tony Blair, and his loosely liberal politics have denied him the support that any other Tory leader would expect.

The emergence of a new Tory leader with more traditional Conservative principles, is therefore an opportunity for the paper to push their own agenda, while still having the occasional swipe at Cameron.

Boris of course owes much to the newspaper group, and he will be encouraged to return their favours in more ways than one.

In the meantime though, this new narrative of a rivalry between Cameron and Boris will be used to force Cameron further to the right. Whether or not Boris would ever be a real threat to Cameron is not yet clear. But after seeing Boris propelled to power on an anti-gang, pro-motorist agenda, the group will be trying to make Cameron follow suit, at least.

And as the likelihood of a Tory government increases, will David Cameron use the luxury of indulging them?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boris for PM? The one person who could be worse at it than Gordon Brown.

Mr. Stop Boris said...

Blimey, I'd better get my donor to renew my domain for a few years then!

asquith said...

There should be an anti-Evening Standard group on Facebook. Perhaps you could set it up. :)

The Tory Troll said...

It's funny you should say that. I just got an invite to just such a group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11821439585

asquith said...

Excellent, I've joined! We're all happy. :)

Loz said...

Meanwhile, on Gilligan's island...

"We had nothing to do with Boris winning because we reported just the facts. It was the 'Guardianistas' that are to blame, because they just circulated lies about Boris".

I have a phrase circulating in my mind, something like 'an unreliable reporter of events' or words to that effect...

The Tory Troll said...

On election night Gilligan told the BBC that scrutiny of of his mate 'Bozza', would "start tomorrow." Which is all very well. It's just a shame it didn't start any sooner.