Friday, May 09, 2008

Portillo says Boris's campaign was insulting...

'Boris's election campaign was an insult to my intelligence...'

Not my words. Not Ken Livingstone who Boris beat to become Mayor of London last week, but the judgement of former Tory Cabinet Minister and ex-London MP MICHAEL PORTILLO, speaking earlier tonight (Thursday) on BBC One's 'This Week' programme.

It's not the first time in the past few days that Portillo has put the boot into Boris.

On election night, there was little to cheer for Labour activists as the bad news after bad news came in from around the country...

But round about 3am, (yes, i know i'm an anorak!!), I found myself agreeing with Michael Portillo on his assessment of Boris.

He was asked whether he thought Boris had managed to re-launch himself as a serious politician in the Mayoral campaign.

Michael laughed, expressing doubt that Boris would ever be serious...Then, Michael Portillo paid a much warmer tribute to the Tory's bogeyman 'Red' Ken Livingstone, who he described as "a remarkable politician" who had achieved many positive things as Mayor - including introducing the highly popular Oyster travel card.

So as Boris hands out City Hall jobs to his mates, I wouldn't put any money on seeing Michael Portillo in the frame...

2 comments:

Geoffrey G Brooking said...

Portillo has started to make a prat of himself recently.

He didn't even confirm whether or not he had even voted for Boris.

No wonder he's starting to p off people like Iain Dale and myself!

Maybe he's bitter with himself about throwing the towel in at the wrong time?

fairdealphil said...

Yes, it was amazing to hear a former Tory cabinet minister refusing to say whether he voted Tory...

You may well be right about him throwing in the towel at the wrong moment, but can't help thinking what a difference he may have made had the Tories picked him as their Leader before last...or was it the one before the one before the last one...??

In any case, he's certainly putting blue water between himself and Cameron's Tories.

Maybe, he's just feeling left out of the gang...After all, poor old Portillo didn't qualify for membership of the Bullingdon Club for Tory Toffs which Cameron, Boris, wee Georgie and the rest all joined...