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July 16, 2008


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I must be honest and admit I was really nervous for Boris Johnson before the third Mayor's Question Time. He had seemed a little bit like a square peg in a round hole in previous apearances, and John Biggs got away with far far too much, he was making hay with Boris's good nature, who wouldn't say boo to the goose.

It was the same in the election.... during his first handful of appearances, I was doing a Gordon, chewing my nails with panic, thinking he is very intelligent, but this isn't going to work. Then suddenly, it was on the Andrew Marr show, he tuned into the vibe and morphed into a really good candidate, genuine, enthusiastic and on top of the questions.

I was watching on web-cam and the same thing happened yesterday. He looked in charge, sat on John Biggs, he was solid under attack, joked, but not too much, it was good. Forget Sir Percy Blakeney, think embryonic Churchill. I missed the end, but from what I saw, Boris Johnson, a solid performance, A-, John Biggs, on a warning, C+.

Dave  Hill

Biggs v Boris is certainly becoming a revealing regular set-piece. I'd call it high-scoring draw so far, with a long, long way to go.

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