Continuing on Bloomberg, Boris Johnson wrote today:
Omigosh. Can that be true? It says here that the legendary American zillionaire Mike Bloomberg is poised to make an entry into British politics. In fact, he is said to be toying with the job currently held by your columnist. Bloomberg for Mayor, they say – Mayor of London! What with one thing or another, I didn’t have time to ring Mike up and get to the bottom of it, not on Easter Sunday; but the story does not seem to be a complete invention.
Mike’s cause is being championed by no less a figure than Steve Hilton: remember him – the Cameron guru who pads around without any shoes on. Steve rightly admires the former New York mayor’s can-do spirit and astonishing record of achievement. So do many others, including me. Nowhere in the text is there what you might call a formal dementi from Bloomberg himself. My friends: there is only one conclusion. This is a test.
Someone, somewhere is mounting a Draft Bloomberg campaign, and they are sticking their fingers in the wind, testing the waters and generally running it up the flagpole to see who salutes. And I want you to know, therefore, that I am standing to attention and signalling my wholehearted approval. Mike, old friend, this is the big one. I had hoped that you would run for President, but you have mystifyingly decided to let that chance pass. There is therefore only one way to excel your epic 12-year career at the helm in Manhattan; there is only one great municipal job that could conceivably count as a promotion; there is only one way to graduate upwards from the position of Mayor of New York, and that is to become the leader of a city that has regained its status as the greatest on earth.
So Boris Johnson is endorsing Bloomberg. Whom he calls Mike, and greatly admires.
It doesn’t seem to occur to Boris that there’s the little matter that Bloomberg is a US citizen, not a British citizen. He seems to think that you can fly in anybody from anywhere, if you admire them enough, and you’re on first name terms with them.
This isn’t about Bloomberg. It’s about foreigners. Here in Britain a lot of people are getting sick of foreigners coming in and taking our jobs. What’s the difference between the arrival on these shores of Bloomberg and some immigrant Romanian pickpocket (aside from the fact that I’d prefer an army of Romanian pickpockets to Michael Bloomberg)?
There’s a very cavalier attitude to nationality and national sovereignty on display here. I suppose that it’s because these Masters of the Universe see themselves as citizens of the world, rather than citizens of their mere country of birth. Boris – who is of Turkish and German ancestry – was born in the USA, and until recently had both a US and a British passport.
Boris Johnson to give up US passport – removing potential obstacle in becoming Prime Minister
He seems to think that he has to be fully British to become Prime Minister, because otherwise his allegiance might be seen to lie elsewhere. Actually, I think that he should have relinquished his US passport when he became firstly an MP, and secondly Mayor of London, for the exact same reason.
It’s part of the erosion of the nation state that is taking place in the EU. National identity is being slowly erased. At the present rate of erosion, we can expect there to be perhaps a Dutch prime minister of Spain, and a Norwegian prime minister of Italy. How would Americans like an English mayor of NYC? Or a Romanian one?
If I was an American, I wouldn’t. I’d want Americans in American public life, like I want English people in English public life. How else can people be represented except by their own people?
I’m seriously beginning to believe that a global oligarchy has emerged (as I discussed recently), mostly of super-rich people who can buy their way anywhere, and who all know each other on first name terms, and who regularly meet up at Davos, and who particularly admire the sort of poisonous little reptile like Michael Bloomberg who has the gall to subvert democracy and impose a smoking ban on NYC purely on his own initiative. And they admire that, because that’s what they’re all doing themselves. Because they’re not interested in representing anybody.
Michael Bloomberg is one member of the oligarchy, and Boris Johnson is another member, and so also it seems is Steve Hilton, and almost certainly David Cameron and half his cabinet. I bet Nick Clegg is too. They have no allegiance to their own countries. Their real allegiance is to each other. Which is why Boris Johnson will so rapidly endorse for Mayor of London a Michael Bloomberg that most Brits have never heard of.