If you’re a Tory planning to join UKIP then you “must be utterly nuts”. No, we’re not saying that, London Mayor Boris Johnson is.
In his column for the Daily Telegraph, Boris slammed reports of Tories defecting to UKIP as “fanciful” and discouraged “would-be jumpers and auto-defenestrators” to join the party.
The article headlined “Jumping into the arms of Ukip only helps Ed Miliband” also suggested that defectors will force Britain to “sleepwalk into a Labour government”.
“Let me try to reason with any in my party, the folk who want to launch themselves headlong into the silage, because I genuinely think that they (if they indeed exist) must be utterly nuts,” he said.
“There are only two people who are in a position to take the keys to Downing Street next May, and they are David Cameron or Ed Miliband. I know that you disagree vehemently with most of what Ed Miliband says and does – and so I must urge you not to allow the disaster of a Miliband premiership.
“If you really want to let this country sleepwalk into a Labour government, then that is your prerogative. You can close your eyes and let it happen. You kip if you want to; the rest of us are going to fight and win.”
Separately, an ITV/Comres poll found that Boris’ future as PM looks bleak. The opinion poll carried out in 40 marginal constituencies asked if Boris Johnson would make a bad Prime Minister. To which, 43% agreed while 32% thought he would be good.