The saga of Boris Johnson’s will-he won’t-he announcement about standing as mayor in 2012 – finally resolved with his declaration today – demonstrates, once again, why his opponents should never underestimate his political skill.
His candidacy in 2012 was always a foregone conclusion, and in objective terms its announcement should have been a non-event. But by accident or calculation – and as always with Boris, you never know quite which – he has kept that non-event in the headlines for weeks.
Many of Boris’s enemies still show a fatal inability to take him seriously. They really should wise up, and soon.