Friday, 26 September 2008

Anthony Browne and Boris Johnson: A History

9 comments:

Chris said...

I can't believe Boris told them he was learning the quaran. Does that mean we will start getting Arabic in Mayor's Question Time?

Dave Cole said...

Little as I like Browne, I think that the guilt by association from his endorsement by the BNP is unfair.

xD.

The Troll said...

Yes I agree. As was the guilt by association with Ken. I was merely pointing out the timeline of spin and reverse ferrets from both Boris and Browne.

The Troll said...

...Being endorsed by BNP (as was the case with Boris) and backed by Barnbrook (as was the case with Browne) and then having the BNP sell your book (as was the case with Browne) is not a great introduction to running the capital (as is the case with both of them).

They are now making efforts to erase that history and reverse their positions. They need to and should do so, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't point it out.

Will said...

The only surprise is that this hasn't come sooner.

They're all at it, all they care about is getting attention and power and if that means saying one thing one week and one thing the next then so be it.

Browne is just the latest politician looking for a seat at the top table. if it was michael Howard at the top and not Boris and Cameron then he would not have made this reversal.

Helen said...

Some of Browne's articles certainly read as though they were written by Barnbrook, except for the fact thay they're (mostly) grammatically correct.

The Troll said...

To be fair, Barnbrook is at least consistent.

Bobbin said...

It's true. You know where you stand with a Nazi ;)

stuart graham said...

Given Boris's mastery of the classics, there's no reason he shouldn't succeed with Arabic. Especially as he's leaving everyone else to run London so as to give him time to do that.
The thing to remember boris has a very diverse constituency and (I think) he genuinely wants to have diverse support, which might balance out the mess he's making elsewhere.
Browne or anyone else wanting to be a Tory MP only have to please the backwards people in a safe Tory seat, so the more they sound off like the Mail or Barnbrook, the more support they'll get in the Tory heartlands.
Boris on the other hand will do himself no harm by distancing himself from Barnbrook, something he seems to be doing consciously.