Mira Barhillel

Must do better: Boris Johnson’s half-term report

Mira Bar-Hillel says that the lovable London Mayor was once a lodestar forthe Tories nationwide, but his intellectual laziness and a tendency to listen to bad advice is leading him astray

On Question Time last month, Boris Johnson, London’s Mayor, was asked about his plans to build a new airport in the Thames estuary: an idea seen as reasonable by some and insane by others. As he blustered amiably away, saying not very much, a lady interrupted and asked: ‘Why can’t you just admit it when you are wrong instead of waffling on?’ The audience roared with approval.

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