James Cleverly AM speaking about the absence of City Hall bloggers from today's debate on Boris's first year.
"Vision. I've heard [that word] bandied about now quite a bit this morning. I want you to use your vision and look around you. Do you see the BBC up there in the gallery? Do you see the Guardian? See Dave Hill? Tory Troll? Mayor Watch? None of them are listening. None of them are here."Because they know that this meeting was an opportunity [for the Labour group] to bleat about how you would have liked to have seen it done. Well the simple truth of the matter is that Londoners did not want to see how you would have done it. they wanted to see how Boris would do it. And he has been doing it..."And when he is here the gallery is full."
Well as it happens I was listening to the meeting, albeit from the safety of the webcast. I have also belatedly tweeted the whole thing.
But still, the chamber did look rather empty, not least because of the four Tory Assembly members who couldn't be bothered to turn up.
The Boris Effect?
But James is right. If it wasn't for the presence of Boris Johnson then people wouldn't be as interested in London politics.
In fact if it wasn't for him, I probably wouldn't even have started covering London politics at all.
But the price of that personal appeal, is that Boris has got away with doing very little since he came to power.
Pushed on what Boris had actually done for the capital since lat year, the best Tory AMs could come up with today was Boris's vote for a park scheme from last year.
Now I've got nothing against that scheme such as it was, but it hardly amounts to a triumphant year in power.
And as Political Animal points out today, the Conservatives have not received the sort of boost from a year of Boris (just +0.6% since 2004) in London that you might have expected.
And in some areas like Greenwich, the Tory vote has gone significantly down since last year.
So while voters are deserting the Labour government in their droves, in London the Mayor;s position is not as secure as it might seem.
And as the 'Boris Effect' begins to wear off, the Tories might just find that a little bit of that vision would be rather useful.