Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by editor, Jun 3, 2008.
He's still here, isn't he?
Ahh I was worried about what that bloke might do considering his reputation. Still as he seemed to have earned the nickname 'prince of darkness' I suppose its fitting for him to move back into the shadows as an advisor.
No, it was yet another catastrophically bad appointment by Boris.
His judgement is so appalling that Parker's the third senior official to step down from his administration in three months.
I was wondering if Parker just looked at the lunatic way City Hall is being run and thought fuck this shit, when this goes belly up I aint taking the fall for it!
No it wasn't - what have you done, taken the Tory lie? He flounced out, in a hissy fit, becuase Boris wouldn't give him TFL....
Boris's great grandfather was murdered by a Turkish mob of supporters of Kemal Ataturk. Time to say goodbye to all the kebab shops in London then.
Hang on though BoJo's grandfather was a Turk wasn't he?
Yep, he was the son of the Turkish politican murdered by Ataturk's deranged mob.
What do we make of this idea? Brilliant, pie-in-the-sky or both??
Rehashed bonkers pie. For lots of reasons. But mostly because the Thames Estuary is an established nature reserve.
Interesting that the Times article is quoting Kit Milhouse, Boris' police advisor, rather than Isabel Dedring, his new environmental advisor.
Too many birds flock there for it to be safe.
People from counties to to west of London will have a terrible time getting there.
Move Heathrow to Brize Norton.
That is actually a very good point, because the M25 is (of course) already very overloaded.
Quick bump as Bodge has nixed Lewisham's plans for 20mph driving, despite (?) Livingstone giving it full funding approval before he was chucked out.
Deputy Mayor Councillor Heidi Alexander said: “It’s a real shame that Boris isn’t willing to look at all the options for making our roads safer. “In Lewisham, we already have a number of 20mph zones and in the last year we have seen the largest reduction, of all London boroughs, in our accident rates."
And if that doesn't get you riled, he's been using his £250,000 a year Telegraph column to defend the indefensible.
and just for good measure, said it again today in case you didn't get the message first time round.
Not particularly relevant to London per se but it made me laugh:
It has taken a whole year - but London mayor Boris Johnson has finally got his own back on Arnold Schwarzenegger.
As he was waiting to address last year's Tory conference via video link, the California Governor seemed highly amused by Mr Johnson's speaking style.
In a a clip which became a hit on YouTube, he can be heard whispering to aides about Mr Johnson "fumbling".
But now the London mayor has had the last the laugh, describing "Arnie" as a "monosyllabic Austrian cyborg".
He made the quip at the start of his speech to this year's Tory conference - his first to that gathering since he beat Labour's Ken Livingstone to the London mayoral crown.
Mr Johnson - always a favourite at Tory conferences - was given a rapturous reception by party representatives in Birmingham.
He told them: "Thank you very much for that welcome. Much more generous than in 2006 when I was physically pelted with pork pies by the press corps or last year when my speaking style was criticised by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
"And it was a low moment, my friends, to have my speaking style denounced by a monosyllabic Austrian cyborg.
"But I can say now to Arnie that in spite of all his doubts and though there was a great deal of suspense until the final reel, Ken Livingstone was terminated."
He added that he was not Mr Livingstone's Terminator but the "people in this hall who did it".
Mr Johnson also playfully acknowledged Tory leader David Cameron's warning to the party to avoid complacency, saying: "I know this is not time for triumphalism, Dave" before going on to list some of his early achievements as mayor "in a strictly non-triumphalist way".
Mr Cameron - said by some pundits to fear a challenge from Mr Johnson for the party leadership at some stage - was seen laughing heartily at the London mayor's jokes, as he sat in the audience
Oh? The Conservative voters in the shire counties voted out Livingstone? That's news to me.
He's got rid of Sir Ian Blair
Quote of the week!
Incomprehensible. Sure, it'd be good for the people around Heathrow who live under the flight path, but it'd be terrible for the people who'd be living under the new flight path. Though, of course, people in Sheppey are a lot poorer on average than people around Heathrow. Not sure how abandoning a building that's already built and has only recently been extended, then building a whole new structure and travel connections to it, would be a good use of money.
Well, that's good. I don't see why being the police boss should depend on being buddies with the mayor, though. Does that mean we're only allowed Tory chiefs when we have Tory mayors, and so on?
Boris is scrapping the western extension of the congestion charge zone.
Boris is good news for us in the Outer London boroughs like he promised.
He has given Enfield £2m for highway improvements. We got zero from Ken.
Thought they said that they don't make money from the scheme and that the revenue raised goes to running the CC?
No, it's always been assumed that profit from the CC goes towards public transport.
Oh no. How silly of me.
interesting. however, I still recall that the charge was sold on the idea that the money it took in would pay for all those new buses
For anyone interested in the Parliament Square pedestrianisation project scrapped by Boris, a little bit more information here ...
Just saw an advert in the paper about the 18 month trial starting in the new year allowing motorcycles into bus lanes
Another manifesto pledge delivered. Brilliant
Feel free to list all Boris' "delivery" below. All I can think of so far is scrapping the western congestion zone - which he now apparently isn't so sure was such a good idea!
I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned: another Johnson appointee bites the dust.
It has been mentioned, I think there was a thread on it
At least he gets rid of his dodgy associates quickly. Blair and Brown just bring them back a la Mandleson
He didn't "get rid" of him, he had no choice but to resign.
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