The answer is in the question

Why do women vote for Boris Johnson?

He is an infamous philanderer, promotes few senior women and female colleagues at City Hall complain about him bitterly. Yet the London mayor is a hit with women voters. Why?

In order to be a successful philanderer it is necessary to be liked by women.

13 comments on “The answer is in the question

  1. Dunno. Being liked by a small subgroup of slappers doesn’t mean you will be liked by a wider group of non-slappers.

    Tiger Woods was a philanderer, and my wife (a non-slapper) could not go near the Gillette products in Tescos whilst his stupid smiling mug was adorning the shelves. I’m not sure I have seen a Gillette product in our house since.

  2. But, often, the philanderer is “nicer” in person than in publicity. Most of us, here, have an instinctive loathing of the political class. Yet most politicians (I personally exempt the egregious Joyce) are very personable when you meet them. It seems to be their one essential job-skill. Subject area competence clearly isn’t!

  3. Isn’t Ken Livingstone something of a philanderer himself?

    I have never met a politician who wasn’t personally charming, including ones whose political views I find loathsome.

  4. Boris often looks like he’s been dragged out of that canal though.. perhaps that’s part of his *charm*, the dishevilled look.. some women’s maternal instincts take over..

  5. A non-trivial number of women also seem to fancy David Miliband, apparently. Go figure.

  6. The choice is between Boris and a man who looks like he spends evenings down by the canal in a long raincoat.

    Who also, inexplicably, seems to be an infamous philanderer. That he manages to do it totally baffles me, but then I am not a woman.

    I shall be voting for Boris, myself, for the sole reason that he is not Ken Livingstone.

  7. Philip Scott Thomas – “A non-trivial number of women also seem to fancy David Miliband, apparently. Go figure.”

    Really? I think he looks more and more like a Wallace and Gromit character all the time. But then I like Wallace and Gromit.

    Adrian – “Tiger Woods was a philanderer, and my wife (a non-slapper) could not go near the Gillette products in Tescos whilst his stupid smiling mug was adorning the shelves. I’m not sure I have seen a Gillette product in our house since.”

    I am sorry to say but I would find that a little suspicious. If it had anything to do with me. Why would any woman have such a public visceral reaction to Tiger Woods? Not that I would have thought women were major consumers of Gillette products. Not, of course, that it has anything to do with me. So I’ll shut up now.

    My theory for Woods is that women can accept a cheater who is shameless about it, but Woods’ apologetics showed that he was gutless. Women will forgive the brave for much more than they will cowards. He would have been better off coping a domestic violence rap than running and then grovelling.

  8. And why do men vote for Boris?
    Admiration of his life style? Envy? Latent gay?
    Or admiration for his fine political views. That must be it.

  9. Michael

    It totally baffles me too, and I am a woman. But I would also say the same about Boris. Can’t George Clooney stand for Mayor? I’d vote for him…..

  10. And why do men vote for Boris?

    For a non-trivial sample of blokes, Mr Jennings has your answer.

    Add in basic political tribalism, the baseline insanity of the other candidates and the odd person who likes his literary offerings (and thinks that a good reason to vote for him – but I did say they were odd), he seems to get enough people.

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