To many, London Mayor Boris Johnson typifies the Etonian elitism of David Cameron’s government.
Despite this, he is the bookie’s favourite to win the London Mayoral election next month, leading his closest rival, Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, by six points in the latest polls.
After four years as Mayor of London, Boris Johnson is still known by many as a gaffe-prone former MP, journalist and TV show host. So does his popularity relate more to his charisma, or his policies?
Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson in New York City, 1964, Johnson has a truly cosmopolitan heritage. He describes himself as a ‘one-man melting pot’, with Turkish, French and German stock.
His great-grandfather, Ali Kemal, briefly served as an interior minister in the Ottoman Empire, while his father's maternal grandmother, Marie Louise de Pfeffel, was a descendant of Prince Paul of Württemberg. Johnson is, therefore, ancestrally related to King George II and subsequently to David Cameron, as an eighth Read More »from Boris Johnson: Serious politician or glorified after-dinner speaker?