The man who made Boris
Daily Express Wednesday November 15 2017 student at Manchester University, his grandfather “always needs to be the centre of attention. He and my grandmother are both very driven and ambitious people… Success is in the blood. All their kids have learned from them in striving to be the best. They sometimes come across as silly in public but in reality they’re very clever people.”
As a child Stanley won scholarships to Sherborne public school and then Oxford where he was awarded the prestigious Newdigate Prize for poetry. It was also while at Oxford that he was approached by the secret services.
He has claimed that his six months as a spook involved a mission to blow up a power station in Blyth, Northumberland, as well as learning techniques “so secret that I would risk running foul of the Official Secrets Act were I to reveal them”.
And amid the gaffes and japes has come a career that has seen him amass a property portfolio of more than 20 houses as well as gain serious respect as a writer and environmentalist.
His latest novel is described as “brilliant” by none other than Ken Livingstone, whom his son succeeded as mayor of London. As with Boris keener-eyed commentators agree that one simply does not achieve that level of success by dint of buffoonish charm alone.