Real loyalty always lasts, Boris
I WORKED for Gordon Brown. Whatever eccentricities he may have, I feel a loyalty to him and his purpose that means I will not criticise him. He may be worthy of a critique but we were in it together and he did good by me and the country – and in my book that outweighs anything other. That should be measured in this context. Guto Harri, Boris Johnson’s former spokesman and Oxford chum, this week said of him: ‘I fear that Boris is digging. Somebody needs to take the spade out of his hand or it looks to me like he’s digging his political grave.’ Mr Harri is not the first of Boris’s former colleagues to speak out. Others who worked for him when he was London Mayor have been equally critical.
While Gordon Brown knows how to play the political game with the aim of making the world, in his eyes, a better place, people like Boris Johnson see the whole of politics as a game.
Loyalty that lasts is earned by graft and purpose, not a passing whim of ruthless ambition. Boris Johnson is definitely in the latter category.
PLAYING THE GAME: But Gordon Brown and Boris Johnson are opposite characters