Boris Johnson's campaign to offend the nation seems to be continuing apace. According to today's Independent Johnson, the shadow higher education minister, went to Portsmouth recently to talk to students at the city's university. At the he was being chauffeured in a £340,000 Maybach limousine as part of a road test for GQ magazine
Johnson was apparently unimpressed by the city describing it as "one of the most depressed" towns in the south of England...too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs". The people of Portsmouth were equally unimpressed: A picture of a bandanna-wearing Johnson appeared on the front page of yesterday's Portsmouth News under the headline: "You Twit".
Local MP Mike Hancock, (Liberal Democrat, not Labour) demanded that he recant publicly, "He is living up to his reputation of being a buffoon and a prat," said Mr Hancock "He is talking out of his arse and this is typical of Cameron's Conservatism... And for him to talk about people with a weight problem is ridiculous. If you imagine the supreme example of manly fitness, Boris Johnson is not the name that comes to the fore,"
But the Conservative Party - despite harbouring reasonable chances in both the city's constituencies at the next election - was standing by its man. A spokesman said: "Boris speaking his mind, in only the way Boris can, is preferable any day to Labour and Lib Dem politicians who try to cover up the truth."
In October 2004, Mr Johnson was ordered by his then leader, Michael Howard, to visit Liverpool to apologise after accusing the city of showing disproporttionate grief following the murder of hostage Ken Bigley in Iraq. Two years later he accused the people of Papua New Guinea of cannibalism.
Some might laugh off Johnson as a buffoon but it is clear that he is a liability who is not fit to hold office should the conservative win the next election... Hold on.... A liability I say? Carry on Boris, there are millions of voters out there just waiting for your bon mots...