BY ISAAC DUFFY, County Durham
I was recently intrigued by a conversation that reportedly took place between media tycoon Rupert Murdoch and Mayor of London Boris Johnson in which the scenario was he became the next Conservative Party leader, I personally, could fully picture this as being an extremely successful endeavour for the Conservative Party.
Most people would dismiss this as a mere concept that could never become reality, I however, think otherwise, I have several facts that can back up my hypothesis:
Growing up in a labour stronghold, I know how hard it is to persuade voters, especially young ones, to vote Conservative. I fear the general public consensus is that all politicians are either corrupt or useless. This is obviously not the case, but with more and more people formulating that opinion, I fear that electing a standard politician as our next party leader may not fare well. Boris, on the other hand, is no standard politician.
From a colleague of mine who despises the Conservative government
‘The only decent politician is Boris Johnson, he’s awesome!’
According to sources from the Independent Boris’s inner circles are covertly scouring central London for possible seats. Naturally, this would show there is some truth in the conception that Boris is considering standing to be party leader, but my question is, what effect would this have on the party if he were to be elected as party leader?
For a start, I think any element of traditionalism would be out of the window in the public view of the party, of course, in the party itself I am confident the black tie occasions and formal dinners would still continue, although as the public view goes, I think we would be seen as a wacky, fun, and forward thinking party. After all, Boris is often defined as the next generation politician.
Although, I think this could stir up some major disputes in the party, some of the more traditionalist tory peers would not be happy with Boris playing the leadership role. I gather they would ultimately prefer to see the likes of Hague as party leader, which I must admit is probably my preferred option. I have met Hague personally and find him to be vocally sharp even at the most relaxed, or somewhat, unlikely times. For example I put him on the spot at one Party event with a difficult question about the EU, needless to say he performed flawlessly and answered the question with great style and method.
Another favoured option for party leadership is Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne; whom I find to be quite a competent speaker from what I’ve observed in the commons. Unfortunately, I fear that with the budget growing ever unpopular amongst the public and the hope of pre-election tax cuts dashed, Osborne may not recover from the unfortunate circumstances that have arose. Although he does seem like a rather passionate speaker, I still think, that if we are to succeed in 2015, which we must, a party leader with more personality is required. Regardless, Boris may seem like a long shot as party leader, but I say it’s a shot worth taking.