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Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Boris

03/09/2014 16:11 BST | Updated 03/11/2014 10:59 GMT

Has politics really become boring? I'm not so sure. There seems to more Machiavellian manoeuvring than ever before.

I do understand why voters are disillusioned. Over the years we've seen a conveyor belt of insipid and uninspiring characters from all corners of the political spectrum. They all speak in the same sound bites, attended the same universities and wear the same suits.

To an extent, you can understand the phenomenon. Bombastic and bonkers politicians don't become cabinet ministers or future leaders. To succeed in modern politics, image is key. People think New Labour invented "spin". They didn't, Blair just recognised how effective it could be.

As the election draws nearer, battle lines are being drawn. The Conservatives have a secret weapon - and they're not afraid to use it.

With his luscious blond locks and fuller figure, Boris is the ultimate political pin up. There's no doubt he'll have a huge part to play as The Tories election campaign gets into full swing. Many of The Conservative faithful are delighted to have Johnson fully on board and competing for a supposed safe seat.

However, for The Prime Minister, the biggest threat to his premiership now comes from within his own party. Even if The Conservatives win the next election, Cameron loses.

It seems increasingly unlikely that we'll see a large Conservative majority winning in 2015. The UKIP bandwagon continues to rumble on and, ironically, tips the balance of power further towards Labour.

Despite his painfully uninspiring efforts as leader of the opposition, Red Ed still has an excellent chance of getting the keys to number 10. If this nightmare becomes a reality, Cameron will not last as leader. Cometh the hour, cometh the Boris.

Indeed, even if The Tories do win, a clear majority and a united party will remain a pipe dream. Poisonous divisions on Europe are still rife and another Con / Dem coalition seems deeply improbable. Avoiding complete annihilation is all Clegg can hope for in 2015 - his Faustian pact with Cameron has backfired spectacularly.

If Johnson does become a genuine leadership candidate, it'll cap quite a journey for the old Etonian. The buffoonery has toned down, but without morphing into the type of hackneyed politician that people despise. Bumbling Boris has never been quite as chaotic as he likes to let on. His tenure as Mayor of London has seen a deliberate shift from tabloid car crash to political big beast.

Like Blair and Thatcher before him, PR and image will play an important part in whether Johnson succeeds or fails. For Boris, his likeability is key. He seemingly appeals to young and old, rich and poor. For a Conservative politician, that's quite an achievement. Nevertheless, to make the step from loveable mayor to statesman, Boris must avoid the gaffes that have made him a household name. Balancing personality and credibility is quite the art form. Much to the bewilderment of many, maverick UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, has somehow found this delicate compromise.

Cameron will welcome his blonde bombshell with open arms - at least publicly. Although what he's thinking privately about his old school mate is anyone's guess.

In the mean time, Boris will bide his time. With the right set of circumstances and the wind behind him, the unthinkable could happen. Prime Minister Johnson? Don't bet against it.