I’m sick of politics. With luck, I won’t have to think about UK politics for a while, now that Brexit has been delayed, the local council and EU elections are over, and Theresa May has announced she’s going to resign.
The main upcoming political events would seem to be firstly the state visit of Donald Trump (5 June?) and then the Conservative party leadership contest in July.
The arrival of Donald Trump will no doubt result in a severe outbreak of Trump Derangement Syndrome in the UK for a few days.
So what’s Boris Johnson’s view of the UK smoking ban? It’s the only thing that matters to me.
He voted against it back in 2006, even though he doesn’t smoke.
So Boris is really quite smoker-friendly.
And I might add that, before I started writing my own blog back in 2009, I used to be a fairly regular commenter (under the pseudonym of idlex) on Boris’ own blog, on which he posted up articles he’d written for the Telegraph and other outlets.
And in fact I even won several prizes from writing comments on Boris’ blog. Most of the prizes were signed copies of books by Boris, one of which was The Dream of Rome, which I still have on my bookshelf. The best prize of all was a large Cuban cigar, which it took me one and a half hours to smoke, sitting on a lawn in Devon one sunny day. I have no idea how I got to win these prizes (maybe everybody got prizes?), and in fact it may not have had anything at all to do with Boris, but may instead have been done on the initiative of his delightful parliamentary secretary, Melissa. But since I was posting comments on Boris’ blog, and he seemed to occasionally read comments, it’s just possible that he may have read a number of my early protests against the UK smoking ban. And so I might have exerted a tiny amount of influence on Boris, and made him aware that some of us smokers absolutely detested the smoking ban.
In addition to all this, when some years ago the antismokers started to press for outdoor smoking bans as well as indoor ones, Boris was one of the few politicians who dismissed the idea out of hand.
On the strength of this, I think I know more than enough about Boris in order to endorse his candidacy. He seems to have done a perfectly good job as two-term Mayor of London. He’s also said he’ll get Britain out of the EU.
Speaking at a conference in Switzerland shortly after May’s resignation, he said that “a new leader will have the opportunity to do things differently and have the momentum of a new administration. We will leave the EU on October 31, deal or no deal. The way to get a good deal is to prepare for a no deal.”
So he’d probably make a perfectly good Prime Minister (although not everyone agrees). And maybe even quite a fun Prime Minister.
And so once he’s installed as P.M. in No. 10 Downing Street, hopefully with Melissa as his private secretary again, I might look forward to a renewed supply of free books and cigars.