The Observer

TIM MONTGOMERIE ConservativeHome

Unless things get an awful lot worse for the Conservatives, David Cameron is safe as Tory leader. If the economy starts to improve and he can restore his NHS credentials he even has an outside chance of winning the next election. Beyond 2015, however, the optimistic, big vision Conservatism of Boris Johnson represents the game change that Tories need.

FRASER NELSON Editor, the Spectator

We at the Spectator observe a benign form of jingzu ancestor-worship, so my admiration for Boris is boundless. But David Cameron, for all his organisational faults, remains the Conservative party's best hope.

ANDREW GIMSON Biographer of Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson is at present far better than David Cameron at instilling hope into the Tories. But between now and 2015 the party has to try to make a success of the coalition, which means sticking with Cameron. If he loses that election, the Tories will sack him and on current form they will turn to Johnson.

SONIA PURNELL Biographer of Boris Johnson

There has been a definite mood swing on this question over the past few months. Where until recently many senior Tories – particularly those who had worked with him – distrusted or disliked Boris Johnson, seeing him as disloyal and lightweight, quite a few of those same people are now reassessing him. There remain many question marks about his suitability for being prime minister, but his status as an electoral titan with unmatched electoral reach is now indisputable. The Olympics extended that reach well beyond London. While Cameron & Co offer what appears to be a losing cocktail of gloom and incompetence, Boris is brilliantly positioning himself as the purveyor of a breezy and brighter alternative. Labour is right to worry.

GABY HINSLIFF Political commentator

Boris is electoral Viagra: he would perk things up quite startlingly for a while. But it wouldn't take long before the glory subsided, because his popularity now stems partly from the fact that he is not the one taking the difficult decisions in No 10. There's no short cut to a Tory revival: their only hope is a return to economic growth and there is no real evidence Boris would deliver that.

NORMAN TEBBIT Tory peer

Were there to be a change in party leadership in the near future, fond as I am of Boris and much as I admire him, I do not see him as the man to run government in No 10.

 

ancestor

předek

benign

mírný, neškodný

boundless

bezmezný, nezměrný

breezy

veselý, uvolněný

credentials

renomé, kredit

gloom

deprese

instil

vštěpovat, vyvolávat

jingzu

čínská etnická menšina původně z Vietnamu

lightweight

povrchní

mood swing

obrat v náladě/postoji

NHS (National Health service)

národní zdravotní služba

No 10

Downing Street č. 10 (sídlo britského premiéra)

perk

oživit, okořenit

purveyor

šiřitel

sack sb

vyhodit někoho (na dlažbu)

startlingly

překvapivě, nečekaně

stem from

pramenit z něčeho

Tories

konzervativci, toryovci

Tory

konzervativní, toryovský

unmatched

bezkonkurenční

Were there to be a change...

Kdyby snad mělo dojít ke změně...

worship

uctívání

 

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