Friday, 20 April 2012

Michael Portillo says he won't vote for Boris Johnson

I wrote recently about how the Conservative Party have been amazingly loyal to Boris Johnson despite his own repeated disloyalty to them, and despite holding many misgivings about him.

One notable exception to this rule, is the former Conservative Defence Secretary Michael Portillo. Last night he explained on the BBC why he won't be voting for his own party's candidate:



And here he is four years ago on why Boris Johnson is an "embarrassment" to his party:



Portillo is very rare in saying publicly what many other Conservatives will only say privately.

Labour on the other hand seem to have no such misgivings, with Lord Sugar being the latest member to urge people not to vote for his own party's candidate.

The other diference between the two parties of course, is that whilst Alan Sugar's comments have been very widely reported, Portillo's comments almost certainly won't be.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have to accept the tone of Portillo and Sugar's comments were completly different - one is policy centred, the other is about the man himself.

AdamB said...

No, both are about the men themselves. Portillo called him an "embarrassment" and it's well known that he has a strong and long-held dislike for him.

Likewise it's well known that Sugar and Ken are not the best of pals.

Anonymous said...

There's a clear difference between the two, but wouldn't expect you to recognise that.

Portillo is saying he won't vote for Boris. Sugar is urging that *no-one* votes for Ken.

As for your second video, that's from the same night that Portillo said a 44% share of the vote was "a bad result for the Tories"!

AdamB said...

There is a clear difference between the two.But what this difference has to do with anything that I've written I've no idea.

"As for your second video, that's from the same night that Portillo said a 44% share of the vote was "a bad result for the Tories"!"

Again, I'm struggling to see what if any point you're trying to make

Anonymous said...

I too am struggling to see what point our anonymous friend is trying to make. Do we now decide who we vote for on the basis of how vehemently various people off the telly denounce them?

Guano