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Borisj2_1Ever since his Oxford Union debating days, Boris Johnson has made a career out of being the antithesis of most modern politicians – unpolished and self-deprecating.

His current spot of bother comes down to another case of careless generalising. To his credit, he fell on his editorial sword after the Spectator’s leader on Liverpool’s sense of victimhood, and has recovered remarkably in that he was recently appointed to help promote Liverpool’s culture.

Yesterday’s non-apology was classic Boris and must have entertained far more people than it annoyed. Perhaps he has a perceived naivety about him that helps me get away with things?

Being Shadow Higher Education spokesman, he is a prominent theme in this year’s CF Freshers’ Fair campaign and his brand is unlikely to have been tarnished too much by this latest issue, in the eyes of non-Papua New Guinean students at least.

But does that very brand now preclude this intelligent and ambitious MP’s climbing of the ministerial ladder?

Boris is still very popular with a lot of people (see both his devoted blog and fan club), and is one of the few MPs to regularly write a blog.  However, whilst his personal relationships are not necessarily a political issue, voters may have lost trust and respect for him after his second extra-martial affair.

If you would like to give him a helping hand, you still have a week to apply to be his researcher.

Deputy Editor

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