This is how one of my readers reached Tory Troll.
I'm still not convinced they weren't really looking for Boris Idol though.
Now that's a Saturday night TV show I'd stay in for...
"Can't we get an agenda in advance?" shouted an elderly man from the audience.
Boris carried on.
"Can't you use a bit of reason man?"
Boris told him to write to him.
"I did write to you and I did not get an answer."
Boris stumbled on. The man's wife joined in the assault:
"I thought things would get better with you but they have got worse."
Boris called for security, but the couple refused to give up."I would like to suggest" continued the woman, "that you make Ken Livingstone the chairman instead."
Boris quickly adjourned the meeting.
"I can't see how it is going to take until 2015 to phase out all of the artics," put in Steve Norris. Boris looked on dumbfounded.
"That seems like an extraordinary length of time to me. I understand, in fact I know, that they could do it from tomorrow."
"I know that we could negotiate this with them sooner if we wanted... unless of course we don't want to do it at all."
"The important thing is that we get value for money"
'with Treasury finances going west as yet another bank bites the dust... a new Government will be hard pressed to buy a cup of coffee let alone build a new railway.'
"When Johnson found out about his Muslim ancestry, he feels that “with more understanding there would be less conflicts”.When he found out that his great grandfather knew the Qur’an by heart “I immediately bought the Qur’an and I have been learning Arabic. Actually it is not that difficult as the script. It has very simple alphabets.”He said he was making progress and to prove it, he recited the kalimah – La ilaha illa Allah. Muhammad Rasulullah (There is no deity except God. Muhammad is His Messenger)."
"London mayor Boris Johnson has given a startling insight into his true political leanings and the shameless way he is prepared to sell out native Londoners to pander to the Islamic vote. His words will also be a stark reminder to those who still believe that David Cameron’s Conservatives intend to sort out the country’s problems.
"In a quite astounding interview, Johnson promised the Muslim News that he would carry on in the footsteps of his predecessor, Ken Livingstone, by supporting the myriad of diversity and equality projects foisted on Londoners by Red Ken."
"A remark the new Mayor made about wanting a lean mean machine to run London should receive the support of all. But squeezing local government of good people and treating those who remain like a second class state in the name of savings is false economy and is the type of thing that brings the concept of value for money into disrepute."
“Staff and elected members are shocked at Janet’s early retirement and many are concerned that she will not be there to work with them through a time of change and uncertainty for hundreds of staff who have always turned to her as the steady, calm leader. What does it say to other female managers - if someone as outstanding as Janet is forced to leave why would they want to stay.”
"councils judged against locally set targets drawn up in conjunction with local businesses and other parties."
"councils judge their own low performance against their own low targets drawn up after discussing them with their low business mates."
"The idea of Boris Island is madness.""It's not going to work. It's a distraction to a tough decision that has to be made in relation to Heathrow airport.''
What can be done?"Policy-makers are left wondering what can be done about all this. The first challenge is to be really clear about what changes have been for the good and what for the bad. The legalisation of homosexuality was a definite improvement, as was the decline on the taboo in pre-marital sex."There are many other things we wouldn’t want to change because the benefits they bring are so large. We don’t want to uninvent female emancipation, even if the earlier lack of freedom of women meant fewer families broke up. We can’t uninvent television. Even where there is widespread agreement that we should tackle some aspect of decline, government has been notably ineffective in making much difference.
"In Britain in 2008, we have tried a decade of passing ever more draconian laws to curb behaviour such as binge drinking, but it has just got worse. It is clear that where there has been moral decline it is usually pretty unresponsive to legislation. Behaviour change can be powerfully affected by a change in culture, but a change in culture is notoriously difficult to achieve.
"For half a century we’ve had a value system that declared that the state knew best, and had the right to intervene in the most private part of people’s lives. That, hopefully, is now on the wane. There are many things we can do, not least start talking about it."Politicians can use their pulpit to bring to national attention some of the issues that we face as a nation. We can shift legislation, to put more emphasis on responsibilities rather than rights (such as the responsibility to do community work if you want to receive unemployment benefit). But there is no magic bullet. We should be concerned, but not despair. We have an open society that talks about and confronts its problems in a generally honest manner, which is the first step to making things better.
"There have been improvements but also unprecedented, unsettling declines in values in our own lifespan. Each age has been concerned about moral decline. Ours is no exception –although a lot of what is happening to society now is exceptional."
"I'm not best pleased. I said this morning that all administrations have big ideas, and I think this is a big bad idea. It's a totally unsuitable place for an airport. When you think about the winter weather we have in the Thames Estuary - lots of mist and fog."
"I personally think it is really a non-starter simply because of the massive costs involved."
"The mayor wants to undertake a study to establish the feasibility of the idea once and for all and is examining the best way to take the study forward.”
“I think it’s madness to expand any of the other airports when there is an obvious solution elsewhere.
“We’re not proposing to switch the lights on at the new airport and switch the lights off at Heathrow, firing everyone overnight. This would be a phasing from one airport to the other. Over the space of three or four years, those [workers] that wanted to, could migrate.”
"Aircraft would descend over the North Sea instead of disturbing residential areas in the approach to Heathrow.
“You would have no problems with expansion or noise,” said Malthouse. “You could run a 24-hour airport.”
"What hasn't yet been widely understood — not least by the politicians themselves — is that in this new world, many of the cornerstone assumptions that have governed London politics for years are going to be destroyed. Huge numbers of things London's rulers have been talking about as recently as the May election are either at serious risk, or are effectively already dead."
"At the election, one live issue was the best way to get developers to build affordable housing. Ken famously promised all new developments would be 50 per cent affordable. Boris rejected quotas but still promised to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes in his first term."That argument, and both those policies, are now as quaint and irrelevant as the debate about Irish home rule in 1912. Some new homes, started during the boom, are still in the pipeline — but nobody will be building any more, affordable or otherwise, for quite a while. Several developers are on the verge of bankruptcy."
"Tall buildings is another one of those live issues which might be about to die. There is already a glut of office space. Whatever your views for or against, whatever the mayor decides, it seems highly unlikely that many tall towers will ever get off the ground."
"violent crime, may become less of a concern. Recessions usually reduce crimes against people and increase crimes against property. Because property crime is common and violent crime is comparatively rare, however, that could also halt or reverse the recent reductions in crime."
"So what should the new times mean for Boris? Obviously, it adds urgency to his so far unconvincing effort to slim down TfL and the rest of the “GLA family”. I've sometimes been accused of favouring cuts for their own sake: actually, I favour cuts in unnecessary vanity projects to ensure that we do not have to cut the things that matter, such as bus and Tube services."
"four months in, marvels one senior TfL figure, “Boris's arrival has made no difference whatever. It's all going on exactly as before.” No programmes have (yet) been cancelled. No personnel changes have been made. Indeed, one senior TfL person has just been appointed, of all things, Boris's environmental adviser.
"Less than a year ago, as further leaked emails show, Mr Hendy was secretly plotting with Ken's chief of staff to “refute Boris's transport ideas”. Now, in a truly gymnastic feat of brown-nosing, he has apparently persuaded the new Mayor that his sole purpose in life is to implement those very same ideas.
"It's surprising that someone as bright as Boris can fall for this obvious nonsense. What it probably means is not that TfL will end up working for Boris — but that Boris will end up working for TfL."
"I have reviewed my initial decision and decided that London will remain a member of Mayors of Peace."Membership of Mayors for Peace does not involve any significant use of GLA resources. I agree with the principles of Mayors for Peace, which deplore acts of violence and that cities should be spared the scourge of war. In this context, I consider my continuing involvement with the network to be efficient, reasonable and a good thing for Londoners."
"She does still have a job and is, I'm told, working very hard at it in a mostly low profile way. She was at the launch of the Thames Festival alongside The Blond and attended the event itself. She also attended Simcha and said a few words to those in attendance. What else can I tell you?"