Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The Tory Troll in City Hall

The Tory Troll is off to City Hall now, to watch Boris Johnson get grilled, toasted and served up on the committee room table ;) He will report back in a jiffy...

5 comments:

Walter said...

Will you be videoing your excursions, TT? Seems to me now's the time to start documenting Johnson's flounderings with as much punctiliousness as possible.

The Tory Troll said...

Oh yes, the Mayor's never-ending vocabulary. Ever-ready to disguise the fact that he hasn't actually answered a question.

As for the video, I have been considering starting to use one. If I had had a video camera with me today then I could have got some great footage of Barnbrook sneaking in the back door of City Hall. Thanks Walter, i think I will start to use one.

Walter said...

Not sure I'm in a position to do much myself, but I'm thinking if everyone like you who's taking a hands-on interest in the reign of the BJ videos when possible and pools the footage, it could result in a good and useful documentary. There's a risk, of course, that it would only bolster the comedy legerrnd. Conversely, in exposing the real detrimental effects of the comedy bumbling, it might do the necessary work of rendering the joke not funny anymore.

The Tory Troll said...

It's an interesting point. Since creating this blog a few months ago I have spent many hours of my day thinking and writing about Boris. Along the way I have been criticised by some who say that I am only contributing to his high profile and adding to the brand. I don't really go along with this.

Because the problem with Boris is is not that he has had too much media attention but that he has not had enough media scrutiny. Most of the coverage during the campaign was pretty pitiful and just went over the same ground again and again. There were some very notable exceptions of course, Dave Hill from the Guardian for example, but mainly Boris got a very easy ride. I'm hoping that's not going to be the case now he is in power.

Walter said...

I agree. The blogs don't have nearly the profile they need, but they're still a necessary bulwark against the overwhelming bias of the London dailies - and the general perception of this guy as a harmless buffoon in, perhaps, a largely meaningless office.

The funny peculiar thing is, for all the limitations of the mayoralty, he's actually got such a lot of leeway to do real, palpable damage now.

Yes to more scrutiny!