As Boris steps up to the plate, a word in praise of the man who is now advising him and would, barring an illness, be running as a first-class candidate for London Mayor himself. Nick Boles is one of the best and the brightest of the Cameron Conservative Party, very much in its in innermost counsels, and a thoroughly decent person to boot. It is absolutely typical of Nick that, even as he has been beginning treatment for early stage Hodgkins Lymphoma, he has also been helping Boris out and transferring the impressive resources he had marshalled over to his care. Not much is certain in politics, but, once he has recovered, I am certain that Nick will proceed to a good seat, enter Parliament, and become a prominent member of the next Tory Cabinet. He is absolutely alpha material, as he has demonstrated in the past few days.