John Major comparison – "Risen without trace", could beat hotly-tipped candidate to succeed PM, self-made London boy.
Union support – As former General Secretary of the Union of Communication Workers, he has enough trade union contacts to give Brown a run for his money for their votes in the election.
Unmistakably English – Unlike Glaswegian John Reid he can go for the English vote, and he has a very different sort of Englishness to "the Four Weddings And A Funeral persona of Mr Cameron".
He has the nerve – Has a record of being cheeky to those higher up the food chain, and Brown has said he wouldn’t punish anyone who stood against him (he may already be preparing a bid).
Johnson is said to be greatly underestimated as a moderniser and a nice guy… is he?
Related links: Dizzy on the johnson4leader domains saga and Nicholas Boles on ‘Alan Johnson is the Labour leader that Cameron’s Conservatives fear‘