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Friday, 15 August 2008

Comrade Boris and the many costs of following Ken

Comrade Johnson or 'Red Boris' as he's known round these parts, hit the headlines after it was revealed he had hired a Fidel Castro costume during the Mayoral campaign.

The costume was donned by a Back Boris campaign member who wore it while harassing Ken Livingstone around London. 

The full election expenses seen by the Troll today, show that the stunt cost the campaign several hundred pounds. However, I think you will agree that it achieved truly hee-larious results.

Mind you it's a good job they didn't go in for dressing up in top hats or anything though eh? That would have been like soooo negative, and like soooo beneath a modern political party.

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The full details of Boris' election expenses and donations are now available at City Hall, and the Troll has spent the day trawling through the names. 

Of the initial crop, a couple of names stand out. First of all is Addison Lee, the largest minicab and private hire company in the capital who donated 25,000 to Boris's campaign.

Quite why they donated so much, I don't know. But the new regime certainly seems to be working out well for them.

Another name that crops up is Edmund Lazarus who was given a place on the LDA board after donating £22,500 to the campaign.

And lastly we have the United & Cecil Club, who were accused earlier this year of using parliamentary facilities to raise Tory donations. Surely that's not the case here chaps?

In total Boris and the Tories received £596,173.25 of cash and notional donations, most of which seems to have been spent on oyster card holders, keyrings and leaflets.

But with almost 200 individuals and organisations contributing to the pot, there will be many more waiting with interest to see just what Red Boris does in the coming months and years.

17 comments:

Chris said...

"Mind you it's a good job they didn't go in for dressing up in top hats or anything though eh? That would have been like soooo negative, and like soooo beneath a modern political party."

I couldn't believe how much hysteria there was in the press about that. Political parties of all colours do this kind of stuff all the time, but the media made a complete meal out of this one example.

Anonymous said...

Can we still donate? I'd give anything to keep you shysters out.

The Troll said...

And so the 2008 Mayoral election continues.

prj45 said...

"And so the 2008 Mayoral election continues."

Or is it the 2012 mayoral election starting?

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-mayor/article-23533059-details/Beijing+pays+%C2%A320%2C000+for+Ken%C2%92s+junket+to+Games/article.do

The Troll said...

Ah yes the investigative prowess of Mr. Gilligan. Man accepts invitation to Olympics shock!

Helen said...

The ideal scenario, of course, would've been Boris and Ken on the same flight but with Boris in Cattle Class whilst Ken occasionally tosses him a spoonful of caviar.

angelneptunestar said...

Hilarious anecdote in today's Mail on Sunday. A few years ago, Boris met George Bush and matters were amicable until George spied that Boris was wearing a Che Guavara watch. When challenged by Bush, Boris blushed "It's my sister's!!" and Bush responded "In Texas we execute people for wearing Che Guavara watches."

The Troll said...

Aha. Red Boris strikes again...

angelneptunestar said...

The thing that made me laugh is Boris wears his sister's watch and he shared that information with Goerge W. Bush.

Tom said...

"Ken occasionally tosses him a spoonful of caviar."

'Has him roundly beaten by Red Guards, while laughing nastily over a copy of Das Kapital', surely.

angelneptunestar said...

Are you lot champagne Socialists, because tossing Boris caviar doesn't sound very left wing and Boris's favourite meal is bangers and mash.

Tom said...

I don't like champagne, and I'm not a socialist, so the answer in my case is 'no'. Bloody silly term if you ask me, no one accuses William Hague of being a class traitor because he claimed to have drunk 14 pints of beer in a day. 'Binge drinking hypocrite', possibly.

angelneptunestar said...

Well you all sound very decadent and you obviously eat caviar.

ps. drinking 14 pints is very man of the people.

Tom said...

"you obviously eat caviar"

Er, no. Smoked mackerel, yes, but caviar is a little beyond my tastes.

"ps. drinking 14 pints is very man of the people."

That was rather my point - if it's OK for a senior and very wealthy Conservative, dedicated to the preservation of the power and wealth of existing elites, to boast about donning the mantle of a 'man of the people', why isn't it all right for a socialist to drink champagne? Or is it one of those fun things where it's only wrong if a left-winger does it? There are lots of them once you start looking.

Helen said...

I'm having a trough of Beluga and a barrel of London Pride for breakfast.

Tom said...

Diet going well then?

Helen said...

I'm aiming to achieve a figure like Boris's.