“A good politician is as quite unthinkable as an honest burglar.” - H.L. Mencken
Isabel Hardman, Coffee House, writes about ‘Borismania’ and a recent poll about who Conservative Party members would like to lead them once David Cameron is gone.
Johnson may well have been outspoken about the euro and matters relating to the EU, he may well have signed The Peoples Pledge for an In/Out referendum – but on the latter he has not, to my knowledge, actually stated which way he would vote. As ConHome reported: “Boris reportedly signed the pledge when asked to do so by a People’s Pledge supporter called Sue Connelly. His decision to sign therefore doesn’t seem to have been part of a strategic plan – but, rather, as the kind of spontaneous impulse for which he’s well known.They can have consequences both for him and for others. “
In hindsight it probably matters not that he fails to say which way he would vote in an In/Out referendum as it has to be remembered that the man is a politician, a profession now renowned for being one in which members have the unenviable reputation of being known for their word not being their bond, but saying and doing anything which they feel will raise their public profile and also garner them votes.
If Johnson is not one of these reviled politicians then he needs to publicly say so – and now.Until then articles such as that by Isabel Hardman are not worth the paper on which they are written because all those articles do is to continue to promote those who have shown they do not deserve the trust that their electorates place in them.