Boris Johnson 'seeks Murdoch's help in Tory leadership bid'
Will they never learn? Telegraph claims Boris and Rupert have discussed how his candidacy might be promoted
BORIS JOHNSON has invited Rupert Murdoch and Wendy Deng, the Kung Fu specialist and wife number three of the octogenarian media mogul, to be his guests at the Olympics as part of the London Mayor's bid for his own personal gold - the leadership of the Tory Party.
This is not a plot from some fantasy novel but comes this morning from the respected blog of the deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph, Ben Brogan, causing consternation among the summer shifters still in Downing Street.
"He [Boris] met Rupert Murdoch recently to discuss how his candidacy might be promoted, and has invited the media tycoon to join him at the Olympics,"
Brogan confided. "It is said that Mr Murdoch wants to get rid of Mr Cameron. Westminster has noted The Sun¹s growing enthusiasm for Boris, and how it contrasts with the vitriol the newspaper now reserves for Messrs Cameron and Osborne."
This may strike some Mole readers as odd. Especially after the Leveson inquiry revealed the cringe-making lengths Cameron went to in order to get Murdoch's support, including riding a police horse with Rebekah Wade, the Murdoch executive facing a charge of perverting the course of justice. Will they never learn?
Apparently not. Boris may be seen as a buffoon, but he is deadly serious and has a popular touch. It takes a particular talent to rubbish Mitt Romney and get 60,000 people chanting "Boris, Boris" in Hyde Park.
The threat could be brushed aside by Team Camo - Boris has yet to get a Westminster seat and has some years yet to run as Mayor - except for the fact that the money men are backing Boris, who was seen schmoozing with hedge fund managers at an awards dinner.
"Conservative donors have had enough, and are lining up behind the London Mayor," says Brogan. "In City terms, the money men are shorting the Tory leadership."
Cameron is increasingly seen as a loser. The PM has even admitted as much to his friends. One line in the Brogan blog caused such raised eyebrows it was retweeted by one of his rivals, Tim Shipman, deputy political editor of the Daily Mail. It is this: "David Cameron is on course to lose the next election, and his leadership, and he knows it. He has admitted as much to friends, who are even now using the summer weeks to debate what might be done to get the Prime Minister out of his difficulties..."
The fact that this has appeared in the house newspaper of the Tory right will raise suspicions within Team Camo that the Telegraph, where Boris has a weekly column, is part of a Tory plot to get rid of Cameron who is now seen by business leaders as another Ted Heath: he started well, but lost his way, and deserted true blue Tory policies, in Cameron's case by selling out to the Lib Dems in the coalition.
Cameron is apparently using the distraction of the Olympics to scratch around for a master plan to scatter his critics in a fightback this autumn.
It all depends on the economy being turned around and for that he has to rely on his hapless Chancellor George Osborne, who has as much chance of succeeding there as he has of beating Usain Bolt in the 100 metres final.
But how will Boris's supporters feel about him flirting with Rupert? The City boys might not give a damn, but the rest of us thought we'd sent the Murdochs packing. The realities of a Boris bid for the Tory leadership may yet be the blonde bombshell's undoing. ·