Suitably in an Olympic year, Boris Johnson has set a world record for breaking an election pledge.
Boris has shown more speed than Usain Bolt.
On the very first morning of his first working day back in office at City Hall, Mayor Johnson has immediately broken the first point of his nine-point plan for London: to cut waste at City Hall.
For Boris has gone out and created more “jobs for the boys” and old Tory party hacks.
Boris has announced today that he is to have no fewer that SEVEN deputy mayors. At least five of them are unelected, but they will all receive generous, publicly funded allowances and expenses.
And all to do the work that Boris Johnson undertook to do when he stood for election.
Over the past four years, Johnson developed a well-earned reputation for avoiding questions from the national and London media. Already, senior journalists at BBC London are questioning whether they will spend the next four years having to interview the oily rags, rather than the organ grinder.
With so many willing deputies to take on the burden of Boris’s work for him, it will give the Mayor plenty of time to take holidays, do silly photo ops, to write books and pen his £250,000-a-year Telegraph column.
Oh, and prepare for the job he really wants, that of Tory party leader and Prime Minister.
It’s arguable that Johnson’s pledge on driving down crime levels might have been broken, too, because it looks like the whole of London got mugged last Thursday.
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