When I first heard about Boris's plans to hold a People's Question Time in Hillingdon I received the following email from somebody close to City Hall:
"Re the "additional PQTs" that Boris promised,
"Boris has reportedly said that these will not be proper PQTs with all the Assembly Members present, as in the present format, but will be something called "PQT light" – which apparently means that Boris and his advisers will be answering questions along with the Assembly Member for the constituency where the meeting is held, but no other AMs will be invited.
"The first "PQT light" will be held in Hillingdon in January, with the main subject being Heathrow expansion. So the platform will presumably be the Tory mayor, the Tory deputy mayor (Richard Barnes) and a bunch of Tory advisers.
"If so, Boris will be able to blow his own trumpet, making a big thing about being against the proposed third runway, but prominent non-Tory AMs who oppose Hethrow expansion will be deprived of publicity for their stance."
Well having watched both Dave Hill's clips and listened to the LBC podcast it's clear that not only was this a platform for the Tory Mayor, his Tory advisors and a Tory AM, it was also a platform for the Tory Leader of the local Tory council.
Now I don't have any real objections to him holding these kinds of meetings. There's lots of opposition to the expansion of Heathrow and Gordon Brown has so far shied away from any real debate on this.
But if Boris is going to launch a series of what are effectively party political rallies, then should they really be held at the taxpayer's expense?