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Monday, 26 January 2009

Will a Mayormobile be bought for Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson's advisors discussed buying him an official Mayoral car, Tory Troll can reveal.

The vehicle, already referred to as the Mayormobile, would have been paid for by the London taxpayer, and used for official engagements only.

However, Boris's advisors were understood to be cautious about taking the move, given previous controversies over his pro-motorist policies.

His already shaky image as the value-for-money cycling mayor would also have been put at risk.

However, most government ministers and other high-profile politicians already have a similar arrangement.

For these reasons and others, no final decision has yet been made about the car.

But with January Sales about to be over, could there really be a better time for them to decide?

-Update- A spokesman for the mayor said:
"The Mayor has no intention whatsoever of acquiring an official car and has never wanted one. He cycles everywhere he possibly can, and if he cannot he happily uses public transport or very occasionally a taxi."
So there is to be no Mayormobile.

13 comments:

Stu said...

ha ha ha ha! Will he throw coppers at the plebs as he zips past in the bus lane?

Anonymous said...

Do Bentley make hybrid cars yet?

AdamB said...

Well it looks like they should be coming out soon. Boris, your dream could come true.

Chris said...

Will it look something like this? http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/content/images/2006/04/04/wind_in_the_willows_203_203x152.jpg

AdamB said...

Don't be silly Chris. I expect nothing less than Mayoral blue.

Helen said...

http://cache.gettyimages.com/xc/3167382.jpg?v=1&c=ViewImages&k=2&d=41CAE2DF95708CE2FAA0820DC2493C91A55A1E4F32AD3138

"Just keep your head there, Horace, while we shut the doors"

Anonymous said...

As we recall, Comrade Kenski had a pathological hatred of private motor cars, and of the freedom they afford to their owners, but it didn't stop him blowing a truck load of tax payers money on taxis:

http://tinyurl.com/cwxruj

I'm sure you've done one of your highly reliable comparison calculations to back up your point here.

As for Boris, why shouldn't he have a car? He is, after all, one of the most important politicians in the country.

"His already shaky image as the value-for-money cycling mayor would also be put at risk."

Perhaps this http://tinyurl.com/amzm5b , will reassure you.

"Predecessor Ken Livingstone had organised an extravagant team flying first class and even sending a double decker bus 9,000 miles at a cost of half a million pounds."

Maybe they could have done it cheaper with a bendy bus...gosh, how I miss having cost-conscious Ken bossing us about.

Yours, Appealing of Ealing

AdamB said...

I knew this one would draw you out, although I do wonder if you actually read what I write first. For instance:

"I'm sure you've done one of your highly reliable comparison calculations to back up your point here."

What comparison? I didn't even mention Ken Livingstone.

"As for Boris, why shouldn't he have a car? He is, after all, one of the most important politicians in the country."

Er I made that exact point. Again do you actually read these before foaming at the mouth?

Helen said...

Sorry, who blew a truck load of taxpayer's money on taxis? If I remember correctly, Ken's last taxi bill was £800 and Tory AM Brian Coleman's was £11 000. Check out Coleman's wikipedia page.

Anonymous said...

"What comparison? I didn't even mention Ken Livingstone."

A comparison between the cost of a car and the cost of the alternatives... Does a tongue in the cheek cause the mouth to faom? Can't say I've noticed.

...

"Er I made that exact point."

You didn't. You asserted that Johnson's advisors would make that exact point. Journalistically it could be argued that in fact you were distancing yourself from that exact point and other "tall tales".

Anyway, feet in the air and breathe deeply. You know what Adam, you'll not thank me, but I think you write pretty well, and I do like your blog. Have a good week.

Anonymous said...

I think someone's after a job on the blog.

Tom said...

It's not Toby Young is it? Ticks a few boxes. Journalist (AoE is clearly a professional wordsmith of some sort), Ealing resident, former employee of Boris at the Spectacularlyrightwing, former Evening Boris restaurant critic, long entwined with Boris's career, bit of a git.

I'm not familiar enough with the man's style to do a textual comparison, however. Thankfully.

AdamB said...

I've no idea who it is, although I do find it a little odd that he was on here a week or so ago saying pretty much the exact opposite as what he just said above about me and this blog (albeit he tried it on anonymously before).

Toby Young does make me laugh though. Is there a man out there more universally disliked? Check this out:

http://search.twitter.com/search?q=toby+young for hours of fun.