The absent Boris vote

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 onĀ Have I Got News for You.


Published by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.

One reply on “The absent Boris vote”

  1. For me the big winner was Siobhan Benita, she had no track record (hence was denied a PPB) and yet she picked up 83,000 votes. Boris to his credit amassed 220,000 votes more than the combined total of all of the Conservative GLA members votes. That is pretty substantial. Imagine if Labour had picked someone who had not already served two terms and did not have the baggage of Ken. What would the result have been then? Perhaps the Boris vote would have been reduced back to the core Tory vote.

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