A new report by the London Assembly reveals that London's finances are now under significant and increasing strain.
The oncoming recession and millions of pounds worth of cuts brought in by the new mayor means that there are now threats to the financing of our police force, fire safety and transport infrastructure.
According to the report 2009 could be:
"the worst year for London since the 1970's."
But before you go heading for your bunker, just be thankful that Rupert Murdoch's London Paper has got it's finger on the pulse:
"SCRUFFY Boris Johnson has been bombarded with gifts which suggest people want him to smarten up his image."The Mayor, notorious for his dishevelled suits and blond mop, has received a series of presents since coming to office, including 12 ties, a box of soap and some silver cufflinks."The list of his ‘freebies’ from July to December shows he also received two pairs of new shoes and some posh Gold Hunter wellies to help him keep his look intact in even the worst weather conditions."The GQ Man of the Year Prize winner, 44, was also presented with some face cream and a bottle of 1980s aftershave Aramis."However, how a cowboy hat - one of the more bizarre gifts on the list - can help him improve his image is in some doubt."A City Hall insider said: “Perhaps people are trying to tell him something…”
Go back to bed London, your government is in control...