"I deprecate the idea," Boris Johnson told journalists at this month's press conference, of "London being some kind of test bed, laboratory, petri dish for Conservatism."
But with all eyes on London in the run up to the general election, the result of this particular experiment will inevitably be held up for examination.
And with no real direction being given to his mish-mash of cuts, bans and shuffling of titles, I'm beginning to doubt whether there is any real ideological drive behind the new Conservatism at all.
There have been signs of course. The removal of the anti-racist message from the Rise festival spoke clearly of the Nu-Con politics of Policy Exchange, and the scrapping of half-price fares for people on income support, spoke clearly of a return to the days of Thatcher.
But simply reversing the decisions of others is not in itself a positive direction, just as poring over the days of the last Mayor does not tell us much about the days of the new one.
The value of words
Of course with such little palpable delivery so far, we can only examine the words. And for Boris the most buzzing of all buzzwords is 'value'. Hardly a single phrase drops from his lips without a reference to 'tax-payer value', 'value for money' or 'bang for your buck.'
But as with the value for money sausages you pick up from your local supermarket it is always advisable to read the small print on the back of the packet. And before you start counting how many extra bangers you are getting for your buck, it is wise to consider how much is pork and how much is simply porkies.
On the Rise festival for instance, little 'value' has been added now that all of the sponsoring unions have pulled out of the event. Nor will much value be added now that the artists have no political motivation to perform at reduced fees. In response to a question by Mike Tuffrey Boris wrote at the weekend:
The expanded production element for Rise, and associated expanded budget, is determined by the sponsorship commitment to the event, and therefore supplementary funding is not required. However, in the eventuality of committed sponsorship not being honoured/received, budgets across the department would need to be reviewed to ensure there were no wider implications to GLA resources.
But since that was written, several more unions have pulled their sponsorship from the event. So does this mean that budgets elsewhere will now face cuts to make up the difference? Or does the value here come from the extra dash of Policy Exchange now liberally sprinkled on the event?
For Team Boris, there was apparently little value in holding an anti-racist festival. But rather than scrap it and add value there, all political purpose was removed, and London is left with a more expensive and ultimately politically pointless event.
Because ultimately the value of any policy is felt differently for different people. Half-price fares for people on income support were scrapped because they were, we were told, inefficient.
But for those people struggling to spend twice as much on their journeys, it will not seem like they are getting much value for their money at all.
So if value is really going to be the theme of this Mayoralty and by extension the next Tory government, then they will need to make it clear exactly what their kind of value means.
And whatever packaging they finally decide to wrap it up in, just be certain that you read the small print before you buy.