Marching against the Cuts (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
March 23, 2011
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


): I am not going to be on the march but on Saturday many hundreds of thousands of people throughout London will do as they have done on every Saturday; they will be out there helping the community, they will be out there helping their local scout troop, they will be helping train young footballers, they will be clearing the river banks. They will be doing something useful. They will be doing something to help the Big Society. Would it not be infinitely better, Mayor, if the people who were on the march - like Mr Biggs and Ms McCartney - were actually out there helping the community, rather than joining their socialist worker sponsored demonstration and, after it is over, after they have had a go at shouting against their normal capitalist targets, they then went back home and put their feet up, waiting for the next march? Wouldn't it be infinitely better, Mayor, if they were doing what ordinary Londoners do week in and week out and help their community?

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Answer for Marching against the Cuts (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Marching against the Cuts (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Darren Johnson (AM): You didn't say that about the fox hunting march!

Tony Arbour (AM): I wasn't on the fox hunting march either!

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I absolutely agree. I am always optimistic about people in this. I believe that everybody here is public spirited and wants to help. I hope very much that John and others may indeed do exactly that and maybe set up a voluntary group of their own. May I suggest that the obvious name for such a society is the Biggs Society, which I think would be very, very appropriate?

Dee Doocey (Chair): I am going to keep a list, Mayor, of the number of times that you refer to Mr Biggs when you are talking to other people! You would be absolutely amazed how often you have to mention his name.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Thank you, Chair. I will restrict it. There will be no more references today!

Dee Doocey (Chair): I am not saying don't. I am just trying to point out the error of your ways!