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Monday, 1 February 2010

Why Boris Johnson dodges Tim Donovan

If you missed it yesterday, then please take the time to catch up with Tim Donovan's masterful interview with Boris Johnson's "Chief of Staff" Simon Milton.

Donovan corners Milton on everything from police cuts, to fare rises, to Boris's resignation from the MPA last week.

It's a fine piece of work and demonstrates just why Boris Johnson refuses to be interviewed by Tim on the Politics Show.

As Standard journalist Ross Lydall reported last year:

"I have it on good authority that Mr Johnson and his aides have turned down a dozen formal and informal requests, despite the fact that the show is broadcast from City Hall, only a few floors from Mr Johnson’s office."

Boris doesn't do detailed scrutiny, which is why he chooses to appear on the Vanessa Feltz show instead.

Although if one comment he made to her last week is anything to go by, then even that may be coming to an end:


Still, Boris's stand-in did provide us with at least one good quote yesterday.

Asked how Boris's defence of bankers would help out-of-work young Londoners, Milton replied:

"Of course there is a big role for us in trying to make sure that conditions are right to get more young people unemployed."

Don't let anyone say that they're lacking in ambition.

5 comments:

AdamB said...

I forget to add a link to the most famous Donovan / Johnson encounter. Always worth a revisit:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7773486.stm>

and a more recent one, which ended in a similar fashion

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8356438.stm

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should ask City Hall for a breakdown of the interviews he has done since he was elected. I think you would be surprised.

AdamB said...

What a good idea. What percentage Feltz would be the interesting question.

Mr Grunt said...

When Boris Johnson was campaigning to be Mayor for London he clearly promised " Transparency and complete open Politic's for all Londoner's along with Accountability ",why is it that I feel like Boris Johnson and his Conservative Advisor's have lied and conned Londoner's. Boris Johnson is clearly out of his depth and finds his Mayoralty to demanding and now needs to off load some of his responsibilities which he has recently done regarding The Metropolitan Police Authority. He should now open his eyes a bit more and realise that he needs to resign as Mayor for London. He could then focus more of his time with his Main Employer the Telegraph.One GiANT fact in Boris Johnsons favour is that if he does the right thing and resigns: he will not be out of a job.

prj45 said...

Mr Grunt "Boris Johnson is clearly out of his depth and finds his Mayoralty to demanding and now needs to off load some of his responsibilities which he has recently done regarding The Metropolitan Police Authority"

To be fair, I don't think anybody could do justice to Mayorality and the MPA chair job at the same time.

But yeah, Boris was a c**k for suggesting he could.