Boris Johnson's pledge to get more bang for the taxpayers buck received yet another blow yesterday when it was revealed that Londoners would now pay Porsche £400,000 in legal costs.
The judgement was made after the Mayor's office conceded the legal challenge to the £25 emissions charge on the highest polluting vehicles.
Green Assembly Member Jenny Jones said yesterday:
"This is a mayor who is telling us he wants to see value for money, and to account for every penny, and here he is paying one of the richest car companies in the world hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money."
Porsche's attempts to challenge a policy that was about to be judged by the London electorate was completely undemocratic and one of the most bizarre events of an otherwise uneventful election campaign.
But for the Mayor's office to concede the case and £400,000 of taxpayers money to one of the wealthiest car companies in the world is frankly incredible.
And while we all knew before the election that Boris Johnson had a pro-motorist agenda, we didn't realise that it would would extend to paying off the car companies themselves.
Via Mr S.B