I Endorse Boris

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.

As for the leadership contest, I have no idea who’s standing yet. But I do know that the bookies’ favourite is Boris Johnson.

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.

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11 Responses to I Endorse Boris

  1. Rose says:

    I’d forgotten your comments on Boris’ blog, I used to go and read them.

    For a while, I have been quietly thinking that what we could do with to get the country out of the clutches of the EU and it’s previously unsuspected myriad of fifth columnists, was a bucanneering type if only for a short while, and the closest I could think of was Boris.

  2. Fredrik Eich says:

    I think Nigel Farage as prime minister would be more likely to do something about the smoking ban than Boris.

  3. slugbop007 says:

    Unfortunately a lot of well meaning people and potential allies of smkers everywhere have been so overwhelmed by the negative messages of Tobacco Control terrorists that they find it difficult to frame a message that would attract more people to our side and bring TC to its knees.


  4. Philip Neal says:

    I like Boris Johnson but I am not so certain that he is the man for the job. The new prime minister must be willing to leave without a deal, and that will mean not recalling Parliament until we are past the deadline. To do this will take nerves of steel and a passionate loathing of the Eu and it is not clear to me that Johnson, who has been inconsistent on Europe over the years, has got that. However, I am pleased that he voted against the smoking ban.

  5. jaxthefirst says:

    Hmmm. Boris may have voted against the ban in 2006, which is in his favour. But he blotted his copybook in my view when one of the first things he did as London Mayor was ban drinking alcohol on the Tube, which I thought was pretty illiberal. I should add that I’ve never felt remotely inclined to drink alcohol on the Tube (seems like a pretty horrible place for a drink, to be honest), so it wasn’t a ban which was going to affect me personally, but it seemed a bit like virtue-signalling, and that’s always a bit of a red light to me. After all, probably most of the people inclined to drink on the Tube would we well tanked up before they ever came near the Tube station, so not having a can or two on the way home wouldn’t make a jot of difference to on-train troublesome drunkenness – at least it meant that they weren’t driving home! And if they weren’t already drunk before they got on, they’d hardly be on it long enough to get plastered and lary from scratch, would they?

    • Rose says:

      Diane Abbott apologises for illegally swigging from can of M&S mojito on London Overground
      Apr 20, 2019

      “The Shadow Home Secretary was spotted drinking a small can of the mixed rum drink on her train home through her constituency in North London last Saturday, according to The Sun. Ms Abbott apologised sincerely for drinking on the service after photos were published online. She tweeted on Friday: “A photo of me drinking from a can of M&S mojito on the Overground has been circulated.”

      I hardly think that this was the kind of harmless behaviour such a law was designed to prevent, and this is the kind of judgemental behaviour such a law encourages.

      “A passenger said: “She kept her head down and was staring at her phone but kept slurping from the can. It was 1pm, so a bit early to be drinking — especially in public.”

      I am sure that there will have been byelaws covering drunk and disorderly behaviour since railways were first invented so I was uncomfortable about Boris law too. Was it perhaps due to a lack of guards?

    • Frank Davis says:

      one of the first things he did as London Mayor was ban drinking alcohol on the Tube

      True. And it was indeed a bit of a red light.

      But, in many ways, it’s the same sort of red light as the fact that Donald Trump doesn’t smoke or drink.

  6. Clicky says:

  7. slugbop007 says:

    Here in Montreal, Quebec City Hall has started a new anti-tobacco campaign. They created a new name in French: Mégoisme. That’s butts in English. It is presented like a Larousse dictionary definition, calling it a masculine noun and at the bottom of the poster it shows a pair of leather shoes stepping on a cigarette butt and demands that we crush it out of existence. Three years ago a brigade was sent out to scrape off all the dried up gum that had been accumulating on the sidewalks for many years. I watched the crew in action with some sort of steam machine, along with a long pole used as a scraper. It took so long to scrape up one splotch of dried gum that the project was promptly cancelled. Butts, on the other hand, are easily swept up by a broom into a dustpan. Less labor intensive and less costly. The ad agency that produced this outrageous poster is owned by Bell Media Canada. Here is a sample of their blurb: – Astral – Bell Media https://www.bellmedia.ca/out-of-home/ – Anonymous View Driving innovation. At the forefront of the latest technology trends, we offer advertisers the opportunity to deliver powerful messages that engage and connect …

    I intend to cover up the M, leaving only egoisme and substituting the butt with the face of our newly elected mayoress. slugbop007

  8. beobrigitte says:

    I have unsuccessfully tried to find out what Boris Johnson’s attitude to smokers is in 2019.

    Right now, I think, Boris Johnson has some other problem to pay attention to.
    Really? For 3 years nobody cared as he was not someone likely to get into power. Now he has a good chance and all hell breaks lose.

    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.
    Boris Johnson may be like many non-smokers I know – not bothered by an ashtray on the table and smokers lighting up. I also think that Boris Johnson is aware that smokers are voters.

    UKIP crashed after the amendment to the smoking ban was removed from their manifesto. Nigel Farage (openly smoking and drinking beer) and his Brexit party is on the up. I do wonder how many smokers voted for Farage simply because they want their rightful place back in society and this smoker and tobacco hatred to stop.

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