Well, Boris throwing his hat in to the ring for London Mayor has certainly got the blogosphere talking (or typing at least). Since I did my round-up yesterday the left have fought back to the early triumphant cries from the right. Love him or loathe him, the guy has got people talking about politics and that can only be good!
I will be posting the usual Poliblog roundup at lunch time today - so come back then for more!
Don't send in the clown
Beneath the slapstick, we should be wary of Boris Johnson's rightwing views. The mayoral contest won't be dull, but it will be dangerous.
Boris the jester, toff, serial liar and sociopath for mayor
It would be as much a disaster for Cameron's Tories as for Londoners if this buffoon got to run the great global city
Bumbling buffoon Boris Johnson to run for London Mayor!
Please, please, please make it happen! If we can't win against a bumbling Old Etonian toff who's a cross between Bernard Manning and Bertie Wooster and who's on par with Krusty the Clown in terms of political gravitas, then we may as well pack up and give up on politics altogether!
Boris, n.eccentric, original, good thing
The decision by Boris Johnson to stand for Mayor of London should be celebrated by all those who mourn the dearth of mavericks in British politics. In an age of identikit politicians, where long years in local councils, the “new” universities or trade unions are considered the only worthwhile path to power, it is refreshing to see someone as original and untrammelled by normality as Mr Johnson throw his multicoloured woolly ski hat into the ring.
Why Boris Will Win
Turnout was 36.95% in the 2004 Mayoral elections. Ken actually got the support of only 10% of the potential electorate. The Tories are more popular now than before and they have in Boris a likeable candidate. Is that alone enough for him to win? Maybe.