mattomac wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 03, 2020 1:20 pm
My dad's friend voted Brexit and Tory, his daughter is a nurse and he has been totally brutal about the Tories, he has expressed that he won't be voting for them again.
The question will be, did he get lucky facing Livingstone and Corbyn.
He got lucky, and not just in that way. In the mayoral election he reaped the benefit of a perfect storm of an unpopular Labour government, Ken Livingstone treating London as his personal fiefdom and taking re-election for granted and also the growth of celebrity culture. The Johnson of 2007 was a different beast to the one now; he was pro-Europe, less overtly xenophobic and there was nothing really you could say about him because he was still largely an unknown political quality. No-one seemed to take his 2008 campaign seriously until he'd built up an unassailable lead (shades of Thatcher and the Tory leadership) and to have a discredited and 67 year old Livingstone run against him in 2012 was stupid, although even then he almost managed to lose.
Last December he had the inestimable advantage of standing against Corbyn, although even that, I believe, just increased his majority rather than made the difference between winning and losing. There was the sort of sea change James Callaghan famously spoke of in 1979 and Johnson's asset(s), the ability to make unthinking people like him, and to be all things to all men, came into its own.