London: Four years on (Supplementary) [10]

Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Tony Arbour
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you aware, Mr Mayor, that the people of southwest London describe your predecessor as 'The Rhinoceros'? They call him 'The Rhinoceros' because he is short-sighted, thick-skinned and charges a lot! In light of the miserable performance by the people sitting on the other side of the Chamber for whom every silver lining has a cloud, do you think an appropriate name for them would be Eeyores?

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Answer for London: Four years on (Supplementary) [10]

Answer for London: Four years on (Supplementary) [10]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Eeyores? I am sorry. I thought you said 'eels' because they were slippery.

Tony Arbour (AM): No, no. That is almost as good but you spoilt the joke!

Jennette Arnold (Chair): Mr Arbour, will you direct your question to the matter in hand?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I think that they are Heffalumps. They have fallen into the trap of thinking that you can promise things without explaining how you are going to fund them. You saw in 2004, 2005 and 2006 how they said one thing and did another, which is, by the way, exactly the same thing that you are seeing on this whole tax avoidance thing. For clarity's sake, we need to hear now from the Labour lot how they are going to fund their proposals.

Tony Arbour (AM): Indeed. You will recall that in that very forensic cross-examination of your aims from Mike Tuffrey - who we are not going to hear of again, alas - he quoted Reagan and the bright, glorious morning. Do you know, Mr Mayor, that there are people in my constituency who look on 5 May as not just the dawning of a bright new day but the dawning of a bright new four years when the sky will be forever blue and you will continue for the first time --

Jennette Arnold (Chair): Mr Arbour. No, enough of this.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Can I just congratulate Tony on his excellent question? He is right.

Jennette Arnold (Chair): Deputy Mayor Barnes, please lift us out of this gloom.