Boris Johnson today urged Conservative members of the Fire Authority to show 'restraint' in the future after a failed attempt to increase their own allowances.
Asked whether he supported the actions of Brian Coleman, Roger Evans and Tony Arbour he replied:
"I'm generally in favour of restraint and as far as I'm able to direct it, I will direct restraint."
As the members under discussion looked on nervously, Labour AM Navin Shah told the Mayor:
"Your group Mr Mayor on the Fire authority is aspiring to have increased special responsibility allowances not only for the Chair and the Vice Chair but also for Assembly members who are on the fire authority. Is this something that you support personally given the moral obligations you mention in these difficult ecomonic times?"
Seemingly unaware of the cash-grab by his members, Boris replied:
"I'm in favour of us all setting an example yes."
Let's hope they all follow that example from now on.