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International Paralympic Day: David Cameron And Boris Johnson Do Tennis

by | 8th, September 2011

THURSDAY meant International Paralympic Day in Trafalgar Square, London. Seb Coe, swimmer Ellie Simmonds, South African runner Oscar Pistorius and the British volleyball team were there to do stuff.

Also there were Bullingdon Boys David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. They played tennis in smart shiny black shoes, slacks and shirts. Bozza rolled up his sleeves. Cameron kept his tie on. I

It’s hard to imagine Ken Livingstone, the man Johnson beat in the race to be London mayor, playing tennis. Ken is too self-regarding and aware of his credentials as a man who equates misery with gravitas and clear thinking to play ball. When London entered the race for the 20102 Olympics, Livingstone offered:

“We didn’t bid for the Olympic Games because I liked sport. I have never been to a sports event in my life.”

Ken is the authoritarian killjoy who tells us when to flush the toilet chain; Boris is the man who can call table tennis waft-waft and get away with it because he stands for little more than being Boris Johnson.

And then there’s David Cameron who moves with all the spontaneity of a table football goalkeeper, a man for whom image is all. The trouble is that Dave wants to be liked, Ken wants to be respected and Boris wants to be noticed.



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