Julian Glover, chief leader writer on The Guardian, has written an article on Comment is Free suggesting that John Major should run for London Mayor. At first sight this sounds completely barking. Why on earth would Major want to do it? But having read the piece I began to wonder.
here's his conclusion...
The idea might seem far-fetched. Major put up with years of press abuse and has no wish to attract any more. But the job is a powerful one - the biggest directly elected job in Europe after the French presidency, it is sometimes said. His candidacy would make the election sensational, and show the Tories can live up to their claims to take devolution seriously. Major could energise the party in the inner city and persuade the suburbs too. He might not win. But no other Tory stands a chance. He should go for it.
Julian Glover is a good friend of Major and spent a long time working with Major on his memoirs. If anyone know's Major's mind he does. And if you were John Major and wanted to float the idea is a harmless sort of way, what better way of doing it than to encourage someone like Julian to write such an article? Now it's me that's sounding barking, I know. I've even thought of a campaign slogan for him - MAJOR FOR MAYOR, OH YES.