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article imageReview: ‘Boris Johnson — The Irresistible Rise’ Special

By Alexander Baron     Mar 25, 2013 in Politics
This one hour documentary is a carefully crafted smear job on the Mayor of London; the BBC didn't have to dig deep to find the dirt, but who will care?
If there is one word that sums up Boris Johnson it is irrepressible. Said to be the most popular politician in Britain, he is certainly the most recognisable with his trademark blond mop and Stentorian voice. Now in his second term as Mayor of London, having unseated the charismatic and popular Ken Livingstone, it has been rumoured he has higher ambitions. If anyone thinks this means to be Prime Minister, think again. When he was a child he declared that he wanted to be king of the world.
For this programme, the BBC interviewed Johnson himself, family, friends, and many others, including Ken Livingstone who speaks highly of his one-time foe. So what do we learn about the man?
His sister Rachel, who is absolutely gorgeous - where has she been hiding? - points to his formidable work ethic.
Rachel Johnson  the sister of Boris Johnson.
Rachel Johnson, the sister of Boris Johnson.
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Conrad Black was equally complimentary. Sort of. Boris is a sly fox disguised as a teddy bear, he said. An alumnus of both Eton and Oxford and a contemporary of David Cameron, he is multilingual, prone to gaffs (you knew that already), and apparently can't keep it in his trousers; he is now on his second wife. He has also been sacked more than once - including from his first job. That is some CV! Yet now he is in his second term as London Mayor; is he teflon coated, or what?
Gaff-prone Tory oaf he may be, but there is no question that Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is truly a man of the people. He went in to bat for London's underclass when the Government announced cuts in housing benefit that may have put many people on the streets. He also has a very wide appeal to people from all backgrounds.
In this documentary there is footage of Johnson in the wake of the August 2011 riots, at the Olympics, and even making a guest appearance on the BBC TV soap EastEnders. The big question though remains does he want to be Prime Minister? His father thinks he should throw his hat into the ring, but Boris is already a big fish in a fairly big pond, does he really want to become a victim of the Peter Principle?
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