Boris Johnson: Boy or Man?

Yesterday we went to observe the London Mayor‘s Question Time. I have never been to anything like this before and so it was a new experience for me.

I reckon Boris Johnson is one of the few politicians that almost everyone recognises. He is charismatic, dynamic and appealing to the majority.

His answering style throughout the Question Time remained confident but I fear he acted like a true politician and did not actually clearly answer many of the questions he was asked.

Of course he continued his original style, which came under attack but Jonathon Biggs who accused him of something along the lines of having big floppy hair and waving the flag without having much impact on politics.

To an audience who knows little about politics he is very appealing. His mannerisms and the way he talks and carries himself make it undubitable that he is women’s third secret crush (according to the Metro newspaper), although I was aware that many of my colleagues had openly fallen in love with his ways!

That’s what makes him so lovable. His contrast to any of his predecessors. He’s young and charismatic: he is appealing to any age, man or woman.

But when you listen closely to his answers, under that bubbly facade, his answers contained flaws. He was often brought up on the fact that he should have prepared his answers more thoroughly, whether it were by members of the Assembly, or the chairman, Dee Doocey herself.

One repeated phrase which he used to avoid definite answers was that his offices are in the process of investigating the situation. He also often ended up repeating statistics and sentences that he had already used when a member of the assembly became agitated by the fact that he was not answering their question.

For me his confidence unwittingly charmed me into thinking that he would follow-up any of the issues which he was either unable to comment on or topics which he had in fact said he was investigating but I couldn’t help but think was I wrong.

I can understand that some people may feel that his personality may cover up his abilities but in my opinion I think it all the more enhances them. The way he acts can have alternative results and in fact make people happier to work with him in order to make London a safer and more enjoyable place to live and work.

As an observer wanting answers I went away unsatisfied. It seems as though he feels he can joke around and banter with assembly members to avoid definite answering.

So in answer to my original question, he lacks the definitive answers to many important questions but uses his originality and charisma in order to entice people’s faith in him. Personally, his wit will always win me over, who can say no to his boyish charm!

About Daisy Bambridge

I am a student at Wesminster University studying a Masters in Broadcast Journalism. I recently graduated from Southampton University after studying Politics and International Relations. I have a strong interest in social issues such as crime,drugs, alcohol, eating disorders. I am also deeply fascinated by terrorism, after the disasters of 9/11, as can be seen in my unergraduate dissertation on anti-terror legislation and human rights.
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