Boris: I Will Sweep out Ken's 'Marxist Cabal'
Grice, Andrew, The Independent (London, England)
Boris Johnson pledged yesterday to sweep away the "superannuated Marxist cabal" installed at City Hall by Ken Livingstone, as he launched his campaign to become Mayor of London.
The Tory candidate let himself off his self-imposed leash temporarily as he launched a tirade against the advisers appointed by Mr Livingstone, who has been accused of surrounding himself with friends and cronies on the public payroll during his eight years as Mayor.
The capital votes a month today and there are growing jitters in Labour circles that Mr Johnson could score a famous victory which would boost Tory hopes of repeating his "time for a change" message at the general election.
But you have to look hard for evidence that Mr Johnson is the Tory candidate on his campaign material. Outriders with "Back Boris" umbrellas mapped the way to his launch, on a council estate in Edmonton, north London. His newsletter describes him as "mayoral candidate Boris Johnson" and the only use of the word "Conservative" on the front page was in indecipherable light grey. Vote for the Boris Party was presumably the message.
An overflowing Bounces Road Community Hall was not natural territory for Mr Johnson and his special guest David Cameron, who got the film star treatment, engulfed by TV cameras and photographers, when he went to the podium.
The venue was a long way from Eton and Oxford, where the two men were contemporaries. But a bridge was provided by Ray Lewis, a former prison governor who set up Eastside Young Leaders' Academy because he was appalled by how many black youngsters ended up in prison. He called for change in London after a spate of murders and was proud to introduce the man he called "my mate Dave".
Mr Cameron said the mayoral contest was "vital" for …
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Publication information: Article title: Boris: I Will Sweep out Ken's 'Marxist Cabal'. Contributors: Grice, Andrew - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 1, 2008. Page number: 6. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.