Saturday, 7 May 2016

The Telegraph: How could Zac Goldsmith lose London so badly? The Conservatives chose the wrong man

The Telegraph: How could Zac Goldsmith lose London so badly? The Conservatives chose the wrong man

by James Kirkup

"Really, how much passion did he display? How much desire for the job did voters see from him? Mr Goldsmith never looked like he cared much if he became mayor, much less about what he would do with the job if he got it. (Mr Khan, by contrast, looked like he wanted it a bit too much, willing to say anything to anyone to get it.)

Then there were the basic failings of candidacy. Mr Goldsmith didn't know much about Tube stops. Or football grounds. Or how to hold a pint. Or the names of the Bollywood films he claimed he liked. These are all minor things, not enough in isolation to swing a result. But together they suggest a candidate who couldn't be bothered to do the basics of familiarising himself with the place he aspired to represent or his appeal to its people.

Maybe that's just his natural diffidence and modesty, but some in his own party privately suggested that background was a factor here. The son of a billionaire who has frankly never had to work hard for anything in his life, Mr Goldsmith just didn't look like a man with fire in his belly, burning to win. Mr Khan, by contrast, was fighting for his political life."

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