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Prophylactics and pieds


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You’d think that the Mayor of London should be a man who has some sympathy with the President of France. Both have seen their political lives sidelined by revelations about their private lives, although Francois Hollande seems to be doing a better job of keeping the journalists from his boudoir than Boris ever did. However, […]

The Middle of the Cornflakes Packet


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The problem with making bold and sweeping claims is that, at some point, they often come back and bite you on the behind. That’s the position the Mayor found himself in this week when he was subjected to an impromptu IQ test live on the radio just days after mocking people with a low intelligence […]

Arise, Sir Zillionaire


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Politicians and the newspapers in the UK like to have a go at pretty much everyone. Footballers, Wonga, drug users, gangs, immigrants, travellers and religious extremists have all had plenty of abuse over recent years as have, in many cases, this country’s super-rich. Now, though, the landowners and zillionaires of the UK have a staunch […]

Mayor’s House Fuelled By A Higher Power


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Most of us live in a home powered by gas or electricity. Here at Boriswatch Towers we’re on an electric meter which regularly requires trips to the canteen in order to get a stack of fifty pences to keep our lights and our photocopier working. And, of course, our bills are set to go up […]

Bozza meets an old China in, er, China


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You know what it’s like. You fly half way around the world on a mission to raise the profile of your city’s links with China and who do you bump in to? Your nearest rival for that promotion you were after. Typical, eh? On a trade mission to China, the Mayor of London bumped into […]

Boris, One Direction and the Squirrel


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Since he became London Mayor, Boris has had plenty of ideas. Some of them have come to fruition – the return of the Routemaster bus, the bicycle hire scheme – while others have been, er, less well received (floating airports, for example). In a new and fascinating interview with the Financial Times, the Mayor has […]

Rated 15 for strong language


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The Mayor’s Question Time is an opportunity for members of the London Assembly to quiz the mayor about aspects of his policy and governance. Boris is normally pretty adept at fending off awkward questions from the floor…until a recent meeting where it would be fair to say that he lost his rag somewhat. The Mayor […]

Fit For A (Future) King


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What do these things have in common?: A cot blanket embroidered by Spanish nuns A collection of Roald Dahl stories A three year old apple tree A tricycle in the style of a London bike hire cycle Yes, that’s right. They are all the main prizes in the brand new National Lottery Saturday night show. […]

Still The Favourite, But Beware The Gove


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A new poll of Tory members has found that Boris remains the most popular choice to succeed David Cameron as leader of the Conservative party. But, while the Mayor of London was the clear favourite in May, he’s now being reeled in by the Education Secretary, Michael Gove. A survey of more than 700 grassroots […]

Three Airport Options


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For a while, the Mayor’s new London airport of choice was the so-called Boris Island in the Thames Estuary. Now, however, the Mayor has unveiled a new set of options for increasing the capital’s airport capacity and has thrown his weight behind the Isle of Grain option in north Kent. The Mayor was launching Transport […]