Boris Johnson today denied having spent half a million pounds on his advisors. In a response to a question by Andrew Marr about the large salaries of his 'transition team,' the Mayor said:
"I don't think we have spent half a million pounds so far. I think that may be the total of their annual salaries or something like that. I'm not sure we have spent half a million pounds so far. I would have to go and check that. Doubtless your researchers have..."
This less than categorical response came after Boris Johnson appeared to suggest at his first press conference, that full salaries and job descriptions of his advisors had already been made available to the public. In response to a question by the Guardian's Matthew Taylor, Boris said:
"On the cost of the transition team, all the details will be fully available to you now and you would be trying my memory to recite them all now, but they are cheap at the price and will be readily discerned for you whenever you want them."
Whether half a million pounds is 'cheap at the price' is open to question but a quick look at the Mayor's website shows that the salaries and job descriptions of Boris's 'transition team' of advisors are definitely not 'available to you now' nor 'readily discerned' on the website (see picture above).
Because despite his claims that all details of City Hall spending would be ready 'from day one' we are still none the wiser on these key details over a month after he was elected into the position.
And whether or not these are 'teething problems' is yet to be seen, but getting a straight answer to these questions so far has, as the Marr interview showed, been a bit like pulling teeth.