The Boris saga is a prime example of what happens if you don't feed the media beast with news. They latch onto any minor indiscretion and blow it up out of all proportion. I wasn't aware that we had thought crimes in today's authoritarian Britain yer, but apparently I was wrong. I shall jump to Boris's defences to this extent. I too cannnot stand Jamie Oliver. There, I've said it. He and I were brought up a few miles apart. I used to drink in his parents' pub (overrated, overpriced and the ceilings are too low). But that doesn't mean I have to like him. I don't. I don't want to cook his recipes and I don't want to watch his programmes.
However, I do agree with his message on school dinners. He single-handedly raised the profile of the scandal of the food our kids are being fed at school. It's generally high fat, high salt - basically unnutricious crap. If his campaign has helped change that, then good on him. Still can't stand him though. Does that make me a bad person?
Boris Johnson is one of the few Tory politicians who has star quality. He's mobbed wherever he goes. He's a free spirit, and a good thing too. We should just accept that Boris will be Boris and let him get on with adding to the gaiety of the nation. Graphic hattip to Adrian Yalland