While his winning credentials are not in doubt, his lack of team spirit could still count against him. It is perhaps also his distance from others that leads him to make such questionable appointments as mayor. His early months in City Hall were marked by a rash of scandals, resignations, sackings and even a criminal conviction among his senior staff. So acute was the chaos and infighting that one old hand felt obliged to take Johnson out to dinner to instruct him in no uncertain terms to "get a grip and start being mayor"! So far, his second term has already been characterised by an astonishingly inept yet arrogant performance by his new deputy mayor for policing. On this basis, can Johnson really be trusted to select a cabinet?
5 August 2012 – Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer and his former deputy in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau