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Some Boris Facts…

And one example of guilt by association…

In the spirit of some robust exchanges between myself and a certain Boris fan over at Labour-Uncut, I have decided to post some facts uncovered about our august Mayor of London…

  1. Full Name – Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (definitely true)
  2. Employed the Australian Lynton Crosby, once described as “the Australian Carl Rove” as his campaign strategist in 2008. Crosby went on to direct the Europe-wide campaign in 2009 for the largely unsuccessful Libertas Party.
  3. “I believe Londoners should have a greater say on how their city is run, more information on how decisions are made, and details on how City Hall money is spent.” ( Boris 2008 Manfesto) – This from the man who appointed Brian Coleman to oversee the London Fire Service – the ONLY member of the London Assembly not to publish details of his expenses…
  4. Described his £250,000 per year salary from his Telegraph columns as “Chicken feed” on BBCs HARDtalk programme in July 2009 – this figure is roughly ten times the average salary in Britain as a whole.
  5. Appointed Ray Lewis as the Deputy Mayor for Young People, who had to go after it was discovered that he had lied about being a magistrate, and that the Church of England had barred him from the Ministry between 1999 and 2005. Seems odd Boris didn’t know this, unless the fact that Ray was black, and Boris needed multicultural cover, was more important than honesty…
  6. In the year 2009/10, TfL spent £933,000 on “mystery shoppers”, in a move criticised by the Taxpayers Alliance – a group not known for being noticeably anti-Tory… This story was reported in The Evening Standard.

And finally, an example of guilt by association – true but neither fair nor relevant to Boris personally…

At the 2008 London Mayoral election, the BNP urged its supporters to give their second preference to Boris Johnson.

Now, anyone can see that I have not directly called Boris a fascist, as he demonstrably is not, but he did receive BNP backing. Therefore, according to some Boris fans, I am “telling the truth”…


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