Anyone else remember this classic piece of Boris Johnson demagoguery?
"Mr Johnson is also travelling economy class — although he is likely to get an upgrade from BA — and moving from the £400-a-night hotel booked for Mr Livingstone to a more modest establishment."(Evening Standard: 'Boris Cuts £1m off cost of Beijing Trip' - 12th June 2008)
Good old Boris eh? Man of the people that chap. Man of the bloody people.
And again in his memo to City Hall staff:
"I look forward to seeing you all when I get back from Beijing – with a flag in the adjacent (premium economy) seat."(Memo from Boris Johnson to City Hall Staff - 19th August 2008)
What a guy. So I wonder how he got on?
"British Airways denied the Mayor an upgrade from his economy seat on the nine-hour overnight flight to the Olympics... the incident is certain to be viewed as a snub by mayoral aides who were convinced their boss would be treated like a VIP."(Daily Mail 'Weary Boris refused an upgrade' 21 August 2008)
Oh dear. Didn't see that one coming did you Boris?
"If he had travelled Club World, BA's business class, Mr Johnson would have had a fully reclining seat-bed, 73 inches of legroom and on-demand meals.
"Instead, he had to put up with just 38 inches of legroom, and meals and snacks when the cabin crew distributed them."
Poor chap. Still at least he will be saving us some money on his hotel bill. But hang on what's this?
"He had promised to cancel expensive hotel suites booked by Mr Livingstone and downgrade to a cheaper hotel.
"But the Mayor and his team are staying in the official International Olympics Committee hotel, the five-star Beijing Raffles Hotel, where rooms start at £400 a night."
"A spokesman for the Mayor said: "We were told it would be easier for us to stay at the IOC hotel for security reasons and also because that's where we'll be having meetings with [IOC chief] Jacques Rogge and Seb Coe about the handover to London."
Oh well, never mind Boris. Maybe you will find it easier to keep your promises next time.