Bear with me. This is Gotham related, honest.
You see Boris Johnson has just won the mayoral election in London.
“And?” I hear you ask.
Well, It might surprise many to know that Boris was born here in Gotham. Yes, it is, indeed, so. And Boris, New York born if not raised, reportedly admires many of mini-Mayor’s policies. There – that’s two Gotham connections and that should be enough to rationalize my indulging in a little Boris blather.
Boris ran the effective and rather off beat “Back Boris” campaign and was initially not taken very seriously. As Boris does a solid imitiation of someone who doesn’t take himself seriously, you can see why people didn’t it seriously at first. It was a clever and canny move in his part. The competition was lulled (or weak from laughter). And then, the lights went on and they realized, “Good gads! He’s actually serious!” It was a scramble from that point on.
Now, I admit to being bias. I am major fan of Boris’s writing (both fiction and non), his TV appearances (documentaries, quiz shows, political debates – you name it), the gaffes, the world wide apology tour, the tilting at windmills, the cycling, the befuddlement- even his womanizing is befuddled – it’s all gold to me (not unlike his hair, which normally looks like he’s taken garden shears to it).
Now, all I need for my world to be complete is for Boris to come to New York (place of his birth as it happens) to meet mini-Mayor (last seen up a tree, by the way) and wheedle my way in. How hard could that be?
And before anyone comes here and tries to harsh on my squee – No, he won’t be perfect. No one would. Nor will he be a perfect disaster, no matter what anyone thinks. Like New York, London is a massive administrative entity encompassing more layers, scope and financial considerations than most countries – not simply a city. Show me someone who can run it perfectly and I will eat my hat.
If I had a hat.
So cheers to you, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (try saying that 3 times fast)! I can’t wait to see what happens next