Once again Boris and his ardent admirers in blogland have been up to their latest trick, in between watching Midsomer Murders and Top Gear…
Tory Mayor Boris, who’s dedicated support for his old mucker Toby Young has helped lead to Iranian dissidents having to apply to the Iranian Embassy for help (rather as if we had directed Russian emigres to the Soviet Embassy), has been up to his old tricks again, first of all claiming an increase in Police numbers for 2012, and then shutting up anyone who reminds us of the reduction in Police taking place since the 2009.
His fansites (all, of course, totally independent) are pressing his case, as eagerly as a gold-digger spying a rich widow presses his suit.
Yet his own Budget for 2011/12 talks of reducing Policer Officers from 32,481 now to 31,800 in 2014. To most people this is a simple subtraction sum, producing a figure of 681 Policemen less. But then again, most of us never had the benefit of an Oxford Classics education.
Todays vote on London’s Budget will see 100 Sergeants removed from Safer Neighbourhood Teams.
No wonder AM John Briggs castigated bluffer Boris on his mendacity (look it up, I did).
Yet de Pfeffel Johnson has not been idle on our behalf. It has come to light that in the twelve months between October 2009 and October 2010, our Mayor held 3 Press Conferences, 8 public meetings with Londoners, 22 meetings with Police Chiefs, and 31 with Government Ministers.
He also spent 35 meetings with denizens of the Square Mile – thats near enough three a month!!!
But it wasn’t all work no play, here are a few examples from his published diary –
13/10/09 Fortune Forum Dinner
21/10/09 Meeting with Govenor of The Bank of Qatar (will this chap be needing asylum soon?)
04/12/09 Goldman Sachs Breakfast
19/12/09 Banking Industry Lunch ( AKA happy Christmas – you’re fired, we’re not)
27/10/10 Dinner with Bob Diamond (anyone else present?)
REMINDER – the City of London already has its own Lord Mayor – Boris is supposed to work for the rest of us.
No doubt his groupies will whine on about Mr Livingstone and Press TV – they are still repeating their “totally independent” yet strangely uniform line on this one, whilst forgetting to mention the other ex-Press TV employees, such as Boris backer Nick Ferrari, and Telegraph journo Andrew Gilligan…
Strange and sad to relate that Londoners are used to this kind of guff by now, and utterly fed-up with it.
I do hope to see Anne, Angie and Tory Aardvark et al putting their hands in their pockets to help out the abandoned Iranian Dissidents and Afghani Refugees that Boris’ Tory chums in Hammersmith have thrown to the dogs. Big Society eh?