Tories will, quite rightly, be delighted by the win of Boris Johnson in London, but for me it is a sad indictment of the state our politics is in.
When you look at what Boris stands for, privilege, Oxbridge, private schooling, the Bullingdon club, does he really speak for London ? Perhaps parts of Chelsea yes, but Hackney ? Putting aside what might viewed by some as class prejudices (at least I don't refer to picaninnies or slag of whole cities like Boris), perhaps he has got something to offer. I hope so for Londoners sakes. The problem is that people didn't seem to vote for him on the basis of what he has to offer.
His other more public faults be they not being a full time MP (how does that square with his commitment to working full time for London), his penchant for slagging various parts of the UK, people from different cultures, his inability to keep his trousers on, and a host of other issues seem to have been brushed aside because "he's that guy off the telly with the scruffy hair". So what does that tell us about politics ?
We seem to have entered a realm of politics where it does not matter what you do, it matters little about how you treat your wife and family, it matters not who you insult, and nobody cares what your policies are or if you have any at all. But if you are on the telly, that makes you okay. Is that right ? Is that good ?
Even Boris' supporters were damning him with faint praise this morning. Amanda Platell describes him as not being good with detail but he would be god at delegating. Wow, what an endorsement. It's like saying "He can't do the job but he knows a man who can". So why the hell didn't Londoners elect a man who can ?
The answer is, of course, because the man who can is not a celebrity. How sad.