Future leaders?

The Tory party conference

Annabel Shaw, who? 
Annabel Shaw, who?
When Boris Johnson started his campaign to become Mayor of London, the political elite, apparatchiks from all parties and assorted journalists were caught on the hop. The rest of the nation saw it differently. They could see beyond his effortless performances on 'Have I got news for you.' He was seen as the least political politician in the UK, this they liked a lot. Viewed from across a crowded street most 'real' politicians look the same, when they speak it's not much better, the minor differences only adding to the irritation. Political journalists are even worse.

Boris became MoL but for some the bewilderment carried on. Ridiculous predictions such as: “Boris would be bad for the environment,” did not come to pass nor did babies die and Londoners were not reduced to making tea by boiling the bark from trees. Even so in some places the fight went on, certain parts of the BBC have never given up the fight. This was the foundation to the recent Boris Johnson/Jeremy Paxman interview.

This year's Tory Party conference was bound to be awkward for David Cameron, the MSM would see to that, or so they thought. But, far from being damaged by the EU question the Tories seem to be doing just fine. Boris called for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and like so many people who do, ignored the fine detail that lies behind this topic. That he got away with this is all down to his very personal approach to politics. He also broke another convention by 'having a go' at Paxman on air, hence the YouTube video above.

But is there more to this, what if Cameron failed, who would be the next leader of the Tory party? It's conventional politics not Boris that's the joke here. Boris could do it.The political bubble would not like it but the public would. The BBC would have a fight on their hands if this came about too. Stopping Boris has been on the BBC agenda for a long time. Here is another Boris/Paxo battle this one about the cost of buses during the MoL campaign.

An interesting point about possible future governments is how they run their conferences when in opposition. The Tories have made a £1.5 million profit at Manchester, see HERE. So this, we may conclude, puts the lid on public funding for political parties for now, unless the legislation is introduced via the EU!

Finally, much as young William Hague wowed the conference in 1977 as a schoolboy with long hair, when he gave a speech, this time it was Annabel Shaw with even better hair, who sparkled. But for goodness sake should a 15 year old be doing that? She is on the ContactPoint database and monitored by the UK equivalent of the Stasi, for her own good of course!