Real loy­alty al­ways lasts, Boris

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment -

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.

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