Fraser Nelson

Boris’s secret weapon: driving the left crazy

Boris's secret weapon: driving the left crazy
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The conventional wisdom is to regard Mayor Boris as a loose cannon and, ergo, a liability to Cameron. But he may help oust Brown by another skill that has only become apparent in recent weeks: he drives the left mad. By mad, I mean he drives them to inverted snobbery and making personal and ludicrous attacks which strike the onlooker as hysterical. His education and background just seem to flick a switch in a certain sort of Labour supporter – leading to behaviour that even that even their peers find distasteful. Just look at the comments to this Toynbee piece where she called Boris a “sociopath” or the language in this Labour attack video.


The problem the left face is a misreading of this country. Britain is not a bigoted country, therefore such bilious attacks repel voters. Most folk don’t care in the slightest where Boris was educated, but a section of the Labour party care very, very deeply. Boris’s very existence waves a red rag at Labour’s inner demons, which Blair tried so hard to keep at bay. Cameron’s strategy should be simple: let Boris play the matador, let the left rage and let the voters decide.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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