I'm only asking because of this from Andrew Gilligan:
"while (Boris's) sunny outlook is a key to his appeal, some of his more committed political supporters claim that a still overwhelmingly Ken-era City Hall machine is exploiting that same ecumenical good nature to frustrate change."
Those damn Kennites are holding him back again. So how will he manage to stop them Andy?
"In the War for Johnson's Ear, the forces of Livingstonite conservatism by no means always prevail...
Thank God for that.
"only last week, there was widespread relief among Johnson allies at the choice of an outsider, Barnet's Leo Boland, to be the new GLA chief executive, rather than an internal, Livingstone-era candidate."
Right. So where was this widespread relief felt then do you think? Among Boris's closest advisors perhaps? Or in the heart of the 'lone ranger' himself? Apparently not.
According to a senior source at City Hall:
"The truth is that it was the Assembly members on the interviewing panel who were mostly in favour of Boland's appointment.
Jeff Jacobs (the internal candidate) was so strongly supported by Johnson, and Simon Milton, who was in on the interviews but didn’t have a vote or say, that the panel had to meet twice to finally persuade the mayor to accept Boland as the best candidate."
You better tell Boris to watch out for that nasty Sir Simon Milton, Andy. He's nothing but a goddamn stooge.