Boris Johnson is one of the most versatile figures in British politics today. Whatever the job, he can turn his hand to it, whether it be editing a magazine, fighting for his constituents against their oppressors or leading the Conservative Party to victory at the next general election.
A man of great experience – dating back to the 1970s when he was milk monitor at Eton – he has proved himself to be a great leader on many occasions. In 1972 when on a school trip to the Peak District, he took charge of the rescue attempt when a teacher accidentally slipped and was pushed off a mountain; in 1984 he led the successful campaign to have cheese legalised at Oxford after a long struggle; and in 1999 he was chosen to be editor of the Spectator, a little-read magazine which he transformed into a little-read magazine.
Boris is also one of the Conservative Party’s intellectual heavyweights. In the 1980s he advised the government on monetarism; in the 1990s he was taken on as a consultant for the privatisation of the railways; and in by the end of the century he had personally designed an area in the Millennium Dome. Called ‘The Boris Zone’, it would have featured a cycling track, comfortable armchairs and an exhibition of trouser presses, were it not for budget constraints.
But it is today when Boris’s talents are most needed. London needs a strong leader with vision. Popular with the public and MPs, a political big-hitter and an intellectual giant, he is the obvious choice.
With Boris, the future will be bright.