I think it’s fair to say that when I warned colleagues in the Commons last year that Boris was not to be underestimated, I was in a tiny minority. Unfortunately, it looks like I was right (and that doesn’t happen very often). The electorate don’t like politicians, and Boris’s biggest selling point was not that he is a Tory, but that he is a celebrity. In most people’s minds he is an amiable buffoon, a very funny host of Have I Got News For You. More importantly, Ken has been in for eight years, and voters’ attention span is shorter than ever these days. They get bored very easily. And Labour voters could always switch to Boris in the certainty that the next day they would still have a Labour government.
But if Boris has won, what does that say about how seriously people take the position of Mayor of London?