I only half meant it back then, but he clearly did represent that point where celebrity and politics meet. One day, after seeing my old chum delighting a television chat show audience for the umpteenth time, I opined that his burgeoning political career would flourish on the back of support garnered almost entirely by stealth from those who knew him best as a figure of fun.
Today Boris is on telly in front of a microphone announcing that “Project Fear”, allegedly run by the Remain campaign is over, and that everything is fine. I immediately felt more confident about everything, even though his remarks immediately followed a news bulletin announcing that the pound had hit a 31-year low.
Now that’s what you call the Johnson magic.