Boris trumps Cameron in the Telegraph

Paper relegates Cameron's column to the slot below Boris.

With Boris Johnson now hailed by the right as a Tory king across the water, today's Telegraph mischievously runs a column from David Cameron in the limited space below Boris's regular slot.

Yes, Boris, "I get the message", Cameron appears to be telling the Mayor.

Boris's column, incidentally, is on the benefits of an open immigration system: "Against illegals, yes. Against talent, no. In football as in the economy at large, you don’t make people more competitive by excluding the competition. "

Not only is this a reminder of the Mayor's opposition to the coalition's immigration cap, it's also further evidence of why, as Adam Bienkov argued on The Staggers, Boris isn't the "real Conservative"  that some Tories imagine.

If anything, it was his relative wetness (support for gay marriage, a living wage and an amnesty for illegal immigrants) that endeared him to non-Tory voters.

 

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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