Boris Johnson faces tough questions over his “integrity” from Eddie Mair

March 24, 2013 10:50 am

An unusually tough grilling for Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr show, as stand-in host Eddie Mair takes Boris Johnson to task for some of his questionable past behaviour:  [Note: This video may not work on mobile browsers, we'll be rectifying that as soon as possible]

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  • Daniel Speight

    Boris Johnson, bought to you by all those so-called Labour supporters who campaigned against Livingstone. So the question is, does Johnson shop at Sainsbury?

    • http://twitter.com/bencobley Ben Cobley

      I think Boris was brought to us by Livingstone himself, with all his divisive and offensive talk about Jews and the like. London is a Labour city, but a Tory beat the Labour candidate. Go figure.

      • Alexwilliamz

        Sounds like the fault was on both sides of that then. Sometimes, no most of the time, I’m very happy not to live in London.

      • AlanGiles

        “London is a Labour city,”

        Not really, when you consider that the GLA and former GLC comprises vast swathes of outer London, including places like Bromley in Kent, and Havering in Essex.

        I think it is a conceit to think that any particular town belongs to one particular party. I would like to say Brighton is a Green city, because Brighton Pavillion is held by Caroline Lucas for the Greens, but the truth is the other Brighton constituency is not held by the Greens, and it will be necessary for the Greens to take on the big guns of the so-called “One nationers” in 2015.

        No party has the right to regard City A, B or C as “theirs” by divine right.
        Others have also made the comment that Johnson was greatly assisted not only by a fawning campaign by London’s only evening newspaper, but by a coterie of right-wing Labourites, who thought losing Livingstone was a price worth paying and launched a campaign against him two months before the vote last spring.

        • http://twitter.com/bencobley Ben Cobley

          Hi Alan, it was a figure of speech. Of course I don’t actually believe that London is somehow ‘owned’ by Labour.

        • http://twitter.com/bencobley Ben Cobley

          Hi Alan, it was a figure of speech. Of course I don’t actually believe that London is somehow ‘owned’ by Labour.

      • AlanGiles

        “London is a Labour city,”

        Not really, when you consider that the GLA and former GLC comprises vast swathes of outer London, including places like Bromley in Kent, and Havering in Essex.

        I think it is a conceit to think that any particular town belongs to one particular party. I would like to say Brighton is a Green city, because Brighton Pavillion is held by Caroline Lucas for the Greens, but the truth is the other Brighton constituency is not held by the Greens, and it will be necessary for the Greens to take on the big guns of the so-called “One nationers” in 2015.

        No party has the right to regard City A, B or C as “theirs” by divine right.
        Others have also made the comment that Johnson was greatly assisted not only by a fawning campaign by London’s only evening newspaper, but by a coterie of right-wing Labourites, who thought losing Livingstone was a price worth paying and launched a campaign against him two months before the vote last spring.

      • Jeremy_Preece

        I certainly think that Ken Livingstone has some very bad historical baggage, and he has indeed been guilty of offensive talk. Above all else though, I think that as a politician he had past his own sell-by date, and I wish that he had not been our candidate.
        Two further points, one is that the awful Boris didn’t exactly romp home to victory, he scraped in. The other point is that having seen Ken admit that he was finished as the electorate rejected him, the party then elected him onto the national executive. How smart was that?

        • aracataca

          It’s called democracy.

    • NT86

      It was Livingstone’s own fault that Boris the clown was even mayor. Worse yet that Labour reselected him for the 2012 election.

  • PaulHalsall

    Can we all congratulate Eddie Mair! Rarely has excessive politeness been used so effectively to gut a politician.

    • AlanGiles

      I agree Paul. He often does the same on P.M.on Radio 4(1700hrs Monday to Saturday).
      He reminds me very much of Brian Walden, who used to listen, never interrupted, was totally courteous – and then make the interviewee look the fake he/she was.

      • aracataca

        Correct AG. We all know it is the polite interviewer who draws blood – rude bluster tends not to work in practice.

    • AlanGiles
  • Jeremy_Preece

    PG Woodhouse gave us Bertie Wooster and Lord Emsworth of Blandings Castle, and the British loved the cosy idea of the eccentric aristocrat buffoon.
    “Bumbling Boris” has used this image to appear of “Have I Got News For You” and other TV shows to project himself as a PG Woodhouse “colourful character” who can appeal to those beyond the Tory Party as someone who could liven things up a bit.
    Once you look beyond the clown performance you see someone who is deeply unpleasant. A close supporter of Gove, an ultra Right-winger, and someone joyful at the prospect of taking the axe to all public services from schools to police and fire service.
    At the core of this man there are some very nasty personal qualities; spiteful, dishonset, lying, cheating, bullying and of course totally ruthless.
    I think that this interview skillfully made the mask slip for a few moments.

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