Tuesday, 24 March 2015


Any party that could seriously consider being led by Boris Johnson is itself profoundly unserious.

We are famous the world over for our humour. That is because we are fundamentally a serious country. There are joke countries, and they are not remotely funny to live in.

But Britain is not a joke country, and it does not want a joke Prime Minister. Not Neil Hamilton. Not Nigel Farage. Not Jacob Rees-Mogg. And not Boris Johnson.

Who votes for Jacob Rees-Mogg? Who wants their Member of Parliament to be an object of ridicule?

There is no qualitative difference between voting for him and voting for the Monster Raving Loony Party. Indeed, at least that party is an intentional joke. It does not see itself as serious.

The same will be true of voting for Neil Hamilton, or of voting for Nigel Farage, or of voting for Boris Johnson.

But that is what the Right in Britain now is. A public school lark. A parade of contrived eccentrics.

Adding to the gaiety of the nation, at least in small doses.

But never, under any circumstances, to be allowed anywhere near the running of anything.

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