Yet more evidence of the tensions between the Tory Leader and Mayor Boris Johnson
I missed this from Pippa Crerar in the Evening Standard a few days ago:
“David Cameron has made his feelings clear on the prospect of a quick return to national politics for Boris Johnson – who some speculate is a rival for the party leadership. He told Vanessa Feltz’s BBC radio show he was “sure” Boris would stand for another four years as Mayor. But a spokesman for the Mayor is quick to point out: “It is not a decision for David, it is a decision for Boris whether he stands again.””
It just shows again that there is a real sense of needle between David Cameron and Mayor Boris Johnson.
Why did the Mayor’s office bother to respond at all?
There are three possible answers:
- the Mayor cannot turn down any opportunity to contradict his Party Leader; or
- the Mayor is not, as I have been predicting, intending to stand again in 2012; or
- both of the above.