Andrew Gimson of The Telegraph (Pictured) is never short of a good phrase, but today his writing betrays a freshness, a tingle of excitement which he has done little to disguise. It’s as if at last he can see that politics could become a bit of fun once more with people open to new ideas and open debate.
How can that be, you might think with Gordon Brown still in place, probably the dullest and least capable Prime Minister ever to be appointed to that position in the history of the post? Gimson, you see, thinks that Brown could be gone at any moment.
After watching Brown’s most recent performance at PMQs, he writes as follows –
The great battleship wallows helplessly in heavy seas. It has lost power, its steering gear is shot to pieces and there is even something wrong with its huge guns, which can no longer be trained on the enemy but fire occasional defiant salvoes into empty space.
Only its thick iron plating has saved this mighty ship from going to the bottom, but one feels it is only a matter of time and it could be sunk as early as tomorrow morning.
I don’t know what information Gimson possesses, if any, which might persuade him of the happy thought that Brown might be gone so soon. Maybe he’s heard of whispers in corridors in Westminster advising that Brown won’t survive a coming attempt to unseat him after the Crewe & Nantwich result is in, and that the groundswell of opinion within the Labour Party to get rid of him is growing to a critical level. See this video report from timesonline.co.uk where the reporter finds that Labour voters want Gordon Brown to go HERE.
As one commenter says, when the opposing parties put Brown’s picture all over their campaigning material, and the Labour Party puts anyone’s picture they can find other than Brown, such as Alex Ferguson, things have gone beyond the ‘manageable’ level. Brown will have to go.
(Cartoon from The Daily Express)
The other reason for his great joy is the first Press conference given by Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall, which he describes like this –
The depressing sight of our stricken Prime Minister was offset by an ebullient performance at City Hall by Boris Johnson, the new mayor of London, who was facing his first question time.
Like the best kind of schoolmaster, Mr Johnson managed to bring life to a session which could have been deadly dull, and to strike up an immediate rapport with the members of the London Assembly.
When Darren Johnson, a Green, invited him to consider that party’s proposed alternatives to the new bridge planned for the Thames in east London, the mayor was at once interested: “What are they? Do you envisage a kind of catapult?” That’s where a traditional classical education as enjoyed by Mr Boris Johnson can be so valuable.
Caesar was forever flinging his legions across the river, but it is not an idea that would occur to everyone.The depressing sight of our stricken Prime Minister was offset by an ebullient performance at City Hall by Boris Johnson, the new mayor of London, who was facing his first question time.
Mr Johnson said the Greens were thinking of a cable car, but there was an exhilarating sense that Mr Johnson is open to new thinking.
The next question, from Tony Arbour, a Conservative, was about the siting of bus stops. The mayor replied: “Tony, I’m reluctant at this stage to make a big announcement about who will have sovereignty over the siting of bus stops.”
In 2006 Gimson published a book titled ‘ BORIS – The Rise Of Boris Johnson’.