Nigels Against the World


Ferdinand Mount, who was Head of Margaret Thatcher’s Policy Unit, has published an absolutely devastating critique of the Vote Leave campaigns in the London Review of Books entitled Nigels Against the World.   The “Nigels” are, of course, Nigel Farrage and Nigel Lawson and he is not particularly kind about either of them, but he also has a great deal of perceptive observations about the others.

Andrew Gimson, the biographer of dear Boris, has posted a piece entitled “The Boris Bubble” on the Conservative Home blog which includes a link to the Ferdinand Mount piece.

Gimson ends with this:-

“Boris, one need hardly add, is the most famous Free Spirit in politics. He takes risks, tells jokes, gets stuck on zip wires, makes disreputable references to Hitler. Because he is unpredictable, he is amusing to watch. One never quite knows what he will say or do next. There are occasions when he himself does not know what he will say or do next, but there is also a vein of deep calculation behind his antics.

He is now engaged in a vast popularity contest, of a kind he has specialised in since the age of 16. It is possible that the more indignant the Establishment becomes, the more popular he will grow, so that his claims to be Captain of the School, or President of the Union, or Editor of the Spectator, or Mayor of London, or Leader of the Conservative Party, can no longer be denied.

But it is also conceivable that the Boris balloon, having swelled to unimaginable size, will quite suddenly go pop, leaving behind a few shreds of brightly coloured rubber.”

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