Britain's Top Dog Finds a Mate

By John Burns, New York Times - May 16, 2010

LIKE the rogue gang master Fagin as the police move in on his London tenement in the musical “Oliver!”, many in Britain’s political class found themselves rapidly “reviewing the situation” when faced by the convoluted and sometimes cartoonish events that installed the country’s first coalition government since World War II last week.

Prominent among them was Boris Johnson, the popular if sometimes buffoonish Conservative mayor of London, who had been foremost among those protesting at the five days of mayhem that followed the May 6 general election. Having produced a Parliament with no clear majority, the election set the Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Labour Parties on a desperate, constantly changing scramble for power.


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