Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Boris: getting bus would have been too dangerous

Getting public transport from a public meeting in Hillingdon would have been too dangerous and would have involved spending fifteen minutes on a bus, Boris Johnson has explained.

The claim comes after the Daily Mail picked up on our story about a £1000 taxi bill racked up by Boris and his team.

In a written response a spokesperson states that:

"Most cabs had two or three staff in them sharing the ride - this included the Mayor who shared a taxi with three advisors.

"Staff safety is paramount, not least following an incident in March 2002 where an employee was hurt in a mugging on their way home from PQT. The venue is at least a 15 minute bus ride away from the nearest Tube or mainline Overground station."

When contacted by the Mail, the Mayor's team claimed that a trip from Hillingdon to City Hall would have:

'taken three hours using the tube and buses.'

TfL, say that it would have taken less than half that time:

But then I guess you would actually have to use public transport occasionally to know that.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

We wouldn't want the poor dear to have to spend 15 minutes on a bus now would we? I always used to laugh when people said about Ken that he used public transport, as if that made any difference.

Chris said...

Someone got mugged in 2002? Close the bus network!

Letters From A Tory said...

Oh come on, are you seriously having a go at Boris for using a taxi for him and his advisors? Cabinet ministers get a free car to take them anywhere they want, for gods sake!

AdamB said...

The Mayor's office 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"

Tom said...

...unless he's too scared.

March 2002's PQT was held at the Commonwealth Institute, High Street Kensington on the 21st. Obviously a deeply terrifying bit of London.

Seriously, there are so many holes in this one. If he thinks crime is as bad or worse than in 2002 then he should say so instead of putting his name to press releases welcoming falls in crime on public transport. Alternatively, hold PQTs in areas with low crime according to his crime maps. I'd suggest Richmond, Sutton, Barnet, Brent, Camden, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham, Croydon, Wandsworth, Tower Hamlets and Hammersmith and Fulham, all of which saw above average falls in personal robbery over the last 12 months.

Helen said...

What an utter wanker. I had to get the bus and I'm a lone female, oh boo hoo hoo.

Tom said...

Helen, feel free to sound off on Boris Watch - I'm going to be incommunicado for a day or so (going to Liverpool tomorrow and Darlington on Friday) so I might not have time to cover it. I'd be particularly interested to know if the obvious route for Boris and co. involved the 207 bendy bus...

infinitylies said...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3661/3325997092_3e28e48650.jpg

my vision of the official car BoJo doesn't want

"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"

AdamB said...

Ha ha. Is that the official Routemaster prototype? Take it home Boris it's yours.

infinitylies said...

where do i collect my prize money from?

AdamB said...

You'll get what you're given, and like it!

infinitylies said...

youre giving me an unwanted bendy bus arent you

Tom said...

"youre giving me an unwanted bendy bus arent you"

Wrong!

We're giving you two unwanted bendy buses.

eric ray said...

Why would it be dangerous?
No one's suggesting that Boris's team of advisors and himself are a danger to the public, surely?
Was Darius Guppy part of the team?

Anonymous said...

Next PQT is in Bethnal Green tomorrow (Thursday night. The venue is less than 5 minutes walk from Bethnal Green Tube. You wouldnt even need to catch a bus.

Will Boris and his advisors need a taxi? Will Brian Coleman insist on a taxi? Will pigs fly? All will be revealed.

AdamB said...

Indeed it will. I'll be on the scene with a bus timetable.

Rog T said...

Pass the sick bucket


Brian Colemans new job

Anonymous said...

These are the people that think that only softies want buses with doors.

Guano

Anonymous said...

If it is dangerous Boris must get it sorted he is now Chairman of the MPA, or has delegation gone too far?