Stephen Pollard has a mostly uninteresting article on Comment is Free today (Boris Johnson: the Tories prince over the water) which is a bit of standard “if only Boris were PM he’d be a proper Tory” boilerplate. However, there’s one annoying thing about it. Here’s Pollard on Johnson:
More, he engages with voters who are almost wholly uninterested in politics. … The fact that voters seem to like voting for Boris is pretty fundamental.
It’s amazing that this sort of bland assertion is allowed to pass when the 2012 mayoral election saw a decline of almost seven percentage points in turnout on the previous cycle (down 6.7% to 38.1%). That’s not people liking voting for Boris, by any stretch of the imagination.
But who needs facts when you have a bit of charm and personality, plus a newspaper column? He must be engaging voters, according to people already engaged in politics, because look, he’s been on Have I Got News for You.