Great news today from our Conservative friends across the pond. Former Tory MP Boris Johnson has won the London mayoral election according to The Times. The charismatic Johnson known for his sharp wit has penned correspondence for first the Telegraph and then the Spectator for time spanning over a decade.
Johnson’s writing became known to me a number of years ago via his blog. He was an early adopter of the political niche of the self-publishing medium and it served as a useful tool for the distribution of his politically-inspired musings and hey, constituency outreach too!
Today’s news means that Ken Livingston – a charismatic man in his own right, yet a brutally ardent socialist with connections to Hugo Chavez – will leave the mayor’s office after holding it for the last eight years. During this period, of course, London and the UK as a whole churned internally as the western worldview became reconfigured since the events of September 11th, 2001 and then the Iraq war. Livingston, dubbed loathingly by his detractors as “Red Ken” famously referred to U.S. President George W. Bush as “the greatest threat to life on this planet” and shirked his diplomatic responsibility and organized a counter-demonstration to the President when the USA’s greatest ally in the Iraq war made a state visit in 2004.
Johnson’s election guarantees that the drama of London politics will continue for at least another term. Most importantly, now we’ve got our favourite member of London’s dramatis personae centre-stage.