The politicians other politicians envy are so popular with the public that millions of people think they are on first-name terms with them, even though they do not know them and would not like them if they did. Just as Kylie Minogue is simply “Kylie”, so Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson is “Boris” and Kenneth Robert Livingstone “Ken”.
Johnson and Livingstone (I won’t call them by their first names because although I know them I don’t particularly like them) appear to be leaders for the 21st century. They understand that the old party loyalties have collapsed, and with them the old tolerance of machine politicians. In the world of Big Brother and The X Factor, they too are celebrities who receive a mandate from the amused public which allows them to escape from the constraints that bind their contemporaries.
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