Boris Johnson has risked the wrath of Tory supporters by sympathising with Jamie Oliver's attack on British workers.
The London Mayor said youngsters growing up in the capital needed to be more like Eastern Europeans and not dismiss jobs as "menial".
Oliver caused a row when he attacked "whinging" British youngsters, saying they were "wet" and that immigrants were "tougher".
And in his speech to the Conservative Conference in Manchester, Johnson suggested the Naked Chef may have had a point.
The reaction from delegates was less than enthusiastic as the London Mayor admitted: "I can see I am getting myself into trouble."
Millions of British youngsters are as motivated and dynamic as their European counterparts, he said, bracing the audience for Oliver's remarks.
"But my question to you, is what if he has a point, half a point, or even a quarter of a point?"
He ploughed on, as the conference listened in silence: "He is onto something, he may have phrased it in a provocative way but he was saying something that I think resonates, right?"
He was eventually applauded when he said the solution could include the benefit cuts and school reforms being put in place by Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove.
It was a theme he returned to later in the speech, saying it was important that kids growing up in London "don't dismiss some jobs as, quote unquote, 'menial', and that they see them in the same way as Jamie Oliver's Eastern Europeans see those jobs...as a stepping stone to a life that can take them anywhere."
He added: "I've probably got myself as usual into trouble."
Not only to Boris go nose-to-nose with rival Ken in a lift during the election, he also <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/30/boris-johnson-in-swear-bbc-reporter_n_1464434.html?ref=boris-johnson" target="_hplink">accused a BBC London reporter of talking "f***ing bollocks" after being questioned over allegations that he was too close to News Internationa</a>l. Missed it? Watch the video above.
Boris Johnson blamed a prior engagement to wriggle out of a set piece interview on the BBC's Sunday Politics - <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/04/30/boris-johnson-sunday-politics-campaigning-kit-malthouse_n_1463656.html?ref=boris-johnson" target="_hplink">but was spotted out campaigning.</a>
Boris was dispatched to apologise to Liverpudlians in 2004 by then Tory leader Michael Howard to apologise after he accused the city of wallowing in their victim status. He had <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/8095693/Boris-Johnsons-verbal-gaffes.html" target="_hplink">written in the Spectator</a>: "[They] cannot accept that they might have made any contribution to their misfortunes, but seek rather to blame someone else for it, thereby deepening their sense of shared tribal grievance about the rest of society."
On Papua New Guineu
Boris went one further, and had to apologise to an entire country after he <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/5327984.stm" target="_hplink">wrote in the Telegraph in 2008</a>: "For 10 years we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing." He said in his apology: "I meant no insult to the people of Papua New Guinea who I'm sure lead lives of blameless bourgeois domesticity in common with the rest of us."
<a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/8095693/Boris-Johnsons-verbal-gaffes.html" target="_hplink">He wrote in GQ</a>: "Here we are in one of the most depressed downs in southern England, a place that is arguably too full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs."
On table tennis
During a visit to <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/london-mayor-election/mayor-of-london/8095693/Boris-Johnsons-verbal-gaffes.html" target="_hplink">China in 2008, Boris said</a>: "Virtually every single one of our international sports were invented or codified by the British. And I say this respectfully to our Chinese hosts, who have excelled so magnificently at Ping-pong. Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century and it was called Wiff-waff!"
On gay marriage
<a href="http://labourlist.org/2011/10/spot-the-difference-tory-views-on-gay-marriage/" target="_hplink">He told the Guardian</a> "If gay marriage was OK - and I was uncertain on the issue - then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog."
Boris faced criticism <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/16/boris-johnson-no-more-riots" target="_hplink">for taking four days to return from his holiday during the riots.</a>
Boris said of this clip: "My speaking style was criticised by no less an authority than Arnold Schwarzenegger. "It was a low moment, my friends, to have my rhetorical skills denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg."
On the Left
In a relationship so tempestuous that it overshadows Axl Rose and Slash, Heather Mills and Paul McCartney and the time that Big Ears stole Noddy's bell, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone are renowned for their heated confrontations. This year's London Mayoral election reached boiling point when Johnson accused Livingstone of being "a f**king liar!" How rude.
On his affair
A court recently decided that the mayor's affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre, which resulted in the birth of a daughter, was in the public interest. He was also sacked from the front bench in 2004 over reports of an affair that he initially described as "an inverted pyramid of piffle".
On St Patrick's Day
Boris labelled St Patrick's day 'lefty crap' in an interview with the New Statesman. In response shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker MP, said the comments were "ill-judged, inaccurate and offensive." "The St Patrick's Day celebrations and all the work that Ken Livingstone did as Mayor played an important role in that. Boris Johnson's comments are ill-judged, inaccurate and offensive." But that's not the only time he's insulted one of Britain's regions...
On football (or is that rugby)
On the Olympics
On his life
And to finish...
... here are 28 photos of Boris looking silly