Sunday 3 October 2021

'Our local hero'


Harry Cole, political editor of The Sun, tweeted this while watching Andrew Marr and Boris Johnson slugging it out earlier
Getting spicy now on Marr. Not much love lost here.
They certainly don't seem to like each other. It always seems to get frosty. 

Here's a flavour of it. if you missed it: 
Andrew Marr: The logic of what you are saying is that the shortages and the short-term problems are an inevitable result of the policy, that to get higher productivity and higher wages, we as a country have to go through some bumps, some shortages, some queues, on the way. And that, folks, is what you voted for. When you voted for Boris's Brexit, that is what it meant. 
Boris Johnson: When people voted for change in 2016, when people voted for change again in 2019, as they did, they voted for the end of a broken model of the UK economy that relied on low wages and low skills and chronic low productivity. And we are moving away from that and investing massively in skills...
Andrew Marr: [interrupting] When will you...
Boris Johnson: We're investing massively in infrastructure...
Andrew Marr: [interrupting] I'm sorry, you're starting...
Boris Johnson: We are going to be talking... 
Andrew Marr: [interrupting, talking over] This is...
Boris Johnson: We are going to be talking...
Andrew Marr: ...heading towards bluster. 
Boris Johnson: No, it's not.
Andrew Marr: Let me ask a direct question. 
In contrast, the two Andys - Andy Marr and Andy Burnham, got all well. Here's a flavour of Mr Marr's comments about / interactions with Mayor Burnham:
6.40am King of the North Andy Burnham is on as well.
9.01am And because we're in his backyard, by the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, aka the King of the North, Andy Burnham. 
9.11am And another fascinating story here about our local hero. Tell us about that.
9.12am Katy, it's very interesting that local mayors are actually an area where politics is rising in public esteem. People in Westminster struggling sometimes to be noticed, certainly to be admired, but when it comes to local mayors' votes, Andy Burnham, whether it's London, whether it's Sheffield, all over the place, they are finding new ways to do politics in this country. Localism is finally arriving. 
9.15am You were hearing just a moment ago about the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. I'm delighted to say he joins me now. 
9.30am So people jokingly call you the King of the North. So, Your Majesty, for now, thank you very much indeed for joining us. 
And this - for further comparison - is how Andrew Marr commented about / interacted with PM Johnson today:
9.00am Boris Johnson has made a career as the great showman selling good cheer. But will this be his autumn of discontent when he starts to lose the audience? 
9.01am Speaking of showmen, I've also been talking to one of rock's greatest frontmen - Roger Daltrey of The Who.
9.30am The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is with me now in Salford. Prime Minister, let's start by talking about...
9.44am I'm sorry, you're...this is heading towards bluster.
9.57am Alright, Boris Johnson, for free, thank you very much for joining us.

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