Dr Alf is right. I watched the Andrew Marr Show, in which Marr, a Guardianista to his fingertips, tried to let Ed Miliband over-talk Boris Johnson.
The point by Boris about Ed Miliband doing his brother down, “Not by seeing David Miliband turning up at A&E with a bloodied dagger in his back” made the point forcefully, and poetically – then when turning to Miliband’s proposed rent controls, Boris mentioned Germany, New York and the places that had tried them followed by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. This made the policy look very old, unsuccessful and mean spirited.
I’m afraid Boris Johnson should have been made the Conservative Party leader more than a year ago and the lack-lustre Cameron given his marching orders but it will now be a case of better late than never and keeping one’s fingers crossed that Paddy Power, who predict a Conservative win, are right.
Like Dr Alf, I believe that unleashing Boris as an ‘attack-dog’ will make a significant difference – he’s an immensely charismatic, popular and respected leader.