Friday, April 27, 2007

How Not to Answer a Question: No 94

This is Conservative London Mayoral Candidate Simon Fawthrop displaying a worrying inability to answer a question. Apparently he doesn't think Londoners need to know his views on the congestion charge. It's not quite Paxo v Howard, but I'm afraid I couldn't hide my incredulity.

33 comments:

David Anthony said...

Oh dear, is Greg Dyke still available?

verity said...

Like your guests - and you - I could not believe this. Is he OK? Someone standing for election? So frightened ...

verity said...

And, actually, Iain, you were every measure of Paxo. And a better tie.

Anonymous said...

'Down the line'..!

Yes, it sounds like he is one of the people phoning into to Paul Whitehouse...

Machiavelli's Understudy said...

Wouldn't he be a prospective mayoral candidate, rather than a mayoral candidate per se?

It might sound petty, but I imagine that if we lapsed in to using titles like that, opponents might just use it to say things like "... Conservative Mayoral Candidate, Simon Somethingorother says...", when clearly that person hasn't been selected!

plankton said...

Tosser.


Next!

Anonymous said...

If he gets votes, I may well move from London...

gammarama.co.uk said...

yep, as someone said.... NEEEEEEEEEEXT

Ed said...

John Major for mayor!

Justin Hinchcliffe said...

What a joke! Why doesn't Maude tell all these leighweights to sod off?

Mostly Ordinary said...

Ken Livingstone is going to win again in London. If the Tories want to win in London they need to pick someone now and get them in the media rather than arsing around with this 'beauty' contest.

Is this the biggest non-job in politics?

achilles said...

ooops, we've got no chance of winning whatsoever......

Tony said...

I think Nick Boles, Lee Rotherham, Warwick Lightfoot and Victoria Borwick can strike the name Fawthrop from their list of realistic challengers...

There is no harm in saying what your preference is, but promising to be bound by the wishes of the majority. People need to know where a candidate stands on issues and, crucially, why.

Colin said...

This illustrates perfectly what I was saying yesterday, on another thread, regarding the urgent need in the Conservative party for political vision and leadership.

This pathetic apology of a prospective mayoral candidate has neither. In spades.

Next ... !

machiavelli said...

Christ he's bloody awful. Quite apart from the fact that he won't tell us his view on the most important issue facing London, he's got this pathetic, plaintiff look to him that means he's got "loser" written all over his face. The public don't vote for people who look like losers.

Incidentally, I would never vote for a grown man who wears a badge! What did it say on it? "I am 5"?

PS Just a suggestion but you might like the make-up girl to tone down the rouge and not give you such a bouffant... it's kinda distracting from an entertaining interview

og said...

What a loser. Where did he come from? Not even his Mum could vote for him. The type of ambitious but brainless nobody who gives the party a bad name.

wrinkled weasel said...

Fascinating and very revealing. I hope you have smelled blood and like it. Some of your previous interviews have fallen into the "savaged by a dead sheep" category, like the recent Alan Duncan one.

BTW where do these which pond do these microbes come from and can anybody "run" for mayor of London?

aardvark said...

To me Simon Fawthrop sounded exactly like David Brent from "The Office". Are you sure he wasn't a spoof interviewee?

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Teri said...

Come on Verity - stop kissing ass.

You really are the pucker up buttercup type aren't you.

alex b said...

If he's chosen the Tories will be crucified. Simple as that.

verity said...

It's written in the stars, John Major for mayor. Both words, which are the same word, are the Spanish word for "best" or "greatest", meaning largest and most important.

By the way, Iain, I too thought the rouge was just a tad on the heavy side last night. (Liked the hair, though. The styling. But when are you finally going to choose a colour you can live with?)

Peter said...

what a looser this guy is. get off the stage! you were not tough enough on him Iain! never allow him on doughty street again.

Trumpeter Lanfried said...

So we're all agreed. Get him off the sofa, out of the building, and into the obscurity he so richly deserves.

The calibre of some of the people coming into politics now is rather disheartening.

mens sana said...

Yes, sorry but we don't need people who aren't prepared to tell us their opinion in public life, let alone on our side

Well done Iain, I think that after that he should be fatally holed below the waterline

uk-events said...

Surely the 'review' should be that conducted by the electorate when deciding who they would vote for?

What an arse!

All he needed to do was express his view. Hardly rocket science.

If he can't comment at this point, he's not going to get very far!

Mostly Ordinary said...

New York get Billionaires wanting to be Mayor of their city - we get guys tailored by Primark.

Laurence Boyce said...

Anyone who thinks this is embarrassing, wait until you meet Winston McKenzie.

Jeremy Jacobs said...

and just who is Simon Fawthrop?

"tosser" indeed

Anonymous said...

Excellent, I know who I'm voting for in your open primary. BTW, I'm a Labour member!

Anonymous said...

As Red Ken said after the Cameron-Dyke fiasco, "“I would say to David Cameron, ‘Back off’. Let any candidate who wants to stand. They may not be famous, but until I became leader of the GLC I was a non-entity.” So maybe there's hope for little Fawthrop after all?

Nick said...

I'm backing Hobbins over this cretin.

Kimpatsu said...

I was at school with Simon Fawthrop. He hasn't changed.