Watching the London Right manoeuvre around the issue of the Western extension of the congestion charge has been an out and out pleasure. That pleasure has now unfortunately been brought to an end:
Oh well, farewell to small pleasures. The extension is going and I will have to console myself by watching yet another acrobatic reversal of their position.
Boris, to his credit has been consistently inconsistent with this one.
First we were told that he would scrap the extension, then we were told that there would be a consultation, then we were told that he preferred a modification of the scheme and now we are being told that it will go after all.
If I was being charitable I would say that he had initially been for scrapping the extension, before becoming convinced it was the wrong move to make, before finally (and wait for this line) relenting to the will of the public (unlike his predecessor don't you know).
If I was being less charitable I would say that for twelve months he has said whatever the person he happened to be talking to at the time wanted to hear, before at the last moment hiding behind the result of a public consultation.
Boris will be putting his arm around traders at Portobello Market later on, before being carried down Kensington High Street on the shoulders of Kit Malthouse and Stephen Greenhalgh. Bring your Porsche.
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