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Could the Blond Bombshell Fan of "Rules-Based Anarchy" Be the UK's Next Prime Minister?


Boris and Dave in the Bullingdon days

The Olympics has put the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, back in the spotlight. The blond bombshell of British politics is renowned across the Atlantic as something of a talented buffoon, who is as well known for his humorous media appearances as he is for his strong conservative convictions. Across the river from City Hall in London Johnson's fellow Oxford University-based Bullingdon Club member and one time colleague David Cameron now lives in 10 Downing Street. 

This is not how it was supposed to be. Boris Johnson showed immense interest and talent in politics at Oxford, while David Cameron did not get involved in student politics at all.

With many conservatives inside and outside Westminster making their dissatisfaction with Cameron's government clear speculations of a Johnson return to Parliament have become increasingly vocal.

Johnson has himself dismissed such speculations, saying (referring to a recent balls-up at an Olympic event):

How could anyone elect a prat who gets stuck in a zip wire?

He has also put aside speculations in a typically more poetic way, having said that the chances of him becoming Prime Minister as:

only slightly better than my chances of being decapitated by a Frisbee, blinded by a champagne cork, locked in a disused fridge, or reincarnated as a olive. 

Despite Johnson's apparent reservations he has a lot going for him.

Johnson has years of experience in the Conservative Party, and unlike most Tories he is respected by the Liberals and Labour. As Mayor he has managed crises, like last summer's riots. He has instant name recognition and would be in many ways be a welcome change to the public face of the Conservative Party.

For those of Reason's persuasion Johnson would be an interesting Prime Minister, having once described his ideal society as one of "rules-based anarchy". While the policies he has implemented as Mayor might be disappointing from a libertarian perspective it is of some comfort that Johnson's heart seems to be in the right place.

Johnson put his conservatism in perspective when disucssing the Republican party with Fareed Zakaria on CNN:

Of course Johnson ever being Prime Minister, assuming he wants the position, is a long way off. He would have to reenter Parliament and work his way to being leader of the Conservative Party, and then win a general election.

David Cameron does not seem too worried about the prospect. Speaking recently the Prime Minister encouraged Johnson to be "as ambitious as possible". I am sure Johnson won't disappoint, whatever he decides to pursue. 

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  1. The Dude: Fuck sympathy! I don’t need your fuckin’ sympathy, man, I need my fucking johnson!
    Donny: What do you need that for, Dude?

  2. I gave up on the limeys a long time ago. How sad. I loved that country, but I just cant stomach their politics. Most of europe has gone completely off of the sanity rails.

  3. http://nymag.com/print/?/news/…..on-2012-6/

    Bloomberg is another of Johnson’s heroes, and he keeps saying that he can’t understand why he isn’t running for president. Even after the soda ban? “I think he had a great success with the smoking-campaign thing. Philosophically, I’m against it. But in practice, I might be in favor of it. I think one of the mysteries of politics is: ‘There’s a reciprocal pleasure in governing and being governed,’ as Dr. Johnson put it. Which is disappointing for a libertarian anarcho-Tory like me. People really do need and want to be governed. And I think Mike Bloomberg is sort of on to that. The question is where do you draw the line.” His answer? “Obesity is a new problem. It’s a problem of affluence and acrasia, moral weakness. You know, it’s associated with debt?there’s a strong connection between the fattest societies and the most indebted societies. Or the most emotionally incontinent societies and the most improvident and the weakest wills.” He pauses. “I’m not sure if that’s totally true, actually, but there’s an argument in there somewhere.” Bloomberg blurbed his book.

    I still like the guy, but OUCH, seriously Bloomberg is your hero?

    1. Boris FAIL

  4. lol thats some pretty funny stuff dude. Wow.


  5. I suppose with Brit politicians we have to lower our expectations. The fact that one of them even talks libertarian on occasion might be reason for prolonged celebration. Like drinking Bass Ale and watching Masterpiece Theatre until you pass out in a pool of your own vomit.

    Feel free to make Spinal Tap jokes about someone else’s vomit.

  6. All good men should call on Boris Co. to debag Bloomberg and throw him in Isis.

  7. Perhaps it’s just a case of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence, but good god, wouldn’t it be nice if an American pol could string together, oh, I don’t know, three or four logical, witty sentences? Who of our politicians in the last 50 years was worth listening to? Only Moynihan comes to mind.

    1. Rand Paul

  8. I could tolerate the political class a helluva lot more, if they were more like Boris.

    He’s not perfect by any standard, but he is hella entertaining.

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