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The Boris and Jeremy Show

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Aquamarina1234, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. MAGAorMIGA

    MAGAorMIGA Star commenter

    I think a Labour-Lib Dem - SNP coalition or electoral pact is more likely to prevent Brexit happening.
     
  2. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Lead commenter

    That would assume a general eledtion before 31/10 , which may not happen.
     
  3. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    They've already worked that out.
     
  4. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    https://www.theguardian.com/politic...osting-taxpayers-1bn-on-london-mayor-projects

    An indication of what our future holds?

    "Boris Johnson has been accused of repeatedly ignoring expert advice on the viability of his so-called vanity projects as London mayor, leaving taxpayers with a bill of nearly £1bn and rising.


    Some of those who worked closely with Johnson as mayor, including fellow Conservatives, told the Guardian that he defied senior officials over a string of profligate projects and resisted being held to account for their ballooning costs.


    The projects including going ahead with new Routemaster buses despite being told by his transport commissioner that they would be too expensive to run. He also purchased three secondhand water cannon against the advice of the lead police officer on riot control. And Johnson refused to publish the results of an 18-month study that he commissioned, after it unequivocally warned against his idea of building an airport in the Thames estuary.


    Steve Norris, a former Conservative candidate for mayor and a board member of Transport for London, said Johnson’s record as mayor suggested he could be a “huge risk” as prime minister. “These projects tell us that Boris never reads the papers and isn’t great on detail,” Norris told the Guardian.


    “He could be incredibly profligate for the country. He’s great on rhetoric but lousy on delivery.”


    Johnson championed eight high-profile projects that either ended in failure or turned out to have questionable value. Between them they had cost the taxpayer £940m by 2017 and the price has since edged up still further. Earlier this year a TfL inquiry found that the final cost of garden bridge was £53.5m, £1.5m more than previously thought, of which £43m was public money. Costs included £417,000 on a gala for the abandoned project and £1.7m on salaries for the executives of the Garden Bridge Trust.

    It has also since emerged that the Olympic Orbit tower and slide is £13m in debt with interest growing by £700,000 a year. Johnson commissioned the tower after bumping into the steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal at a cloakroom at the World Economic Forum at Davos, in an encounter that has already cost £6.1m.


    The cost of the London stadium conversion soared to £323m, the bulk of which had to be paid by the taxpayer after protracted negotiations with West Ham United, the new tenants.

    Johnson’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment. The Conservative leadership candidate has previously defended the projects as major contributions to the capital while his office has blamed the London stadium costs in particular on the previous Labour administration.


    Andrew Boff, who served as Conservative London assembly member during Johnson’s tenure, said the mayor hated being questioned on the costs of such projects. “He looked throughly hurt whenever we would challenge him, as if he had been stabbed in the back,” he said.


    Norris said Johnson should have stepped in earlier to stop the garden bridge project. “A great deal of money was wasted on the bridge and Boris has yet to acknowledge any role in that.”


    But he claims the approval of new Routemaster buses, which was designed to meet Johnson’s manifesto pledge to bring back conductors on buses and allow passengers to hop on and off, was a “far more egregious error”."
     
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    Fortunately, prime ministers (unlike London Mayors) have to get their ideas (even their vanity projects) past the chancellor of the exchequer, through cabinet and through parliament.

    The London Mayor has far too much individual power, which Johnson exploited. In the case of the Garden Bridge, for example, Johnson used the legal power of a "Mayoral Decision" to direct TfL to provide the Garden Bridge with £60 million of public money — funded equally by TfL and the Department for Transport. Far from scrutinising the work of the mayor, all the GLA can do is complain after the event.

    The root cause is the laxity of Labour's Greater London Authority Act of 1999 that gave too much power to the mayor (even allowing him to control the GLA budget), and too little power to the GLA to supervise the mayor's spending.
     
  6. lunarita

    lunarita Established commenter

  7. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    And now Crossrail is going to cost billions more, while other parts of the country have thirty year old clapped out overcrowded filthy trains. (But maybe we can't blame that on the Johnson).
     
  8. Mrsmumbles

    Mrsmumbles Star commenter

    I taught boys in a school very like Eeeeton where they were just as gobschitedly arrogant. Rory is the better export..he can actually listen and debate. Bojob just chunts and grunts.
     
  9. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Well, one of those is extinct......!
     

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