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August 04, 2008


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Phil Taylor


I suspect that it was Ken's lot that lost the list, not Boris'.

Didn't you notice number 9: Routemaster buses saved

Doh! Saved and then destroyed. What was it Livingstone said: "Only some ghastly, dehumanised moron would want to get rid of the Routemaster."

Mr. Stop Boris

I see Phil Taylor is at the cutting edge of humorous satire as ever. I've certainly never heard that quote from Livingstone used against him before... oh, except maybe once a day for the past year.

And it doesn't help that it's being used as a stick with which to beat him over what even Phil's hero Boris acknowledges was the right decision to take about Routemasters. After all, he's hoping to commission a new design of bus suitable for modern accessibility requirements etc., so one assumes he agrees the old design is inadequate.


"I suspect it was Ken's lot that lost the list, not Boris's".

Come on guys, be fair! When would Ken ever do anything sneaky?


Anyway, how about writing about Ken's 100 days since he ceased to be Mayor? We need to know he is using all his talents.


Ken's 100 days since he ceased to be Mayor?

Easy one this:

1) Establishing an evil lair in Costa Coffee which he hopes will one day rival Veronica's Fuhrerbunker

2) Going to City Hall to keep in touch with GLA and Mayoral affairs with something approaching psychological warfare in his presence.

3) Putting out press releases of variable standards: sometimes understanding and sympathetic (see Ray Lewis' resignation), sometimes vindicated (see Ray Lewis' resignation) and sometimes his usual indominitable self (see all).

By the way angela, "When would Ken ever do anything sneaky?"

Answer: Ken would never do anything sneaky, it isn't in his character. If he does something, he does it openly, brazenly and unapologetically.


I have a lot of sympathy for Ken, because it was clearly very hard for him to give up the job of Mayor. I know what that is like and it takes a long time to readjust and make another life for yourself.

Ken is a far stronger, more charismatic personality than most of the people in the Labour government and a far more astute, wily politician. He is a fascinating character, because to me he is a mixture of very good and very bad characteristics. Ken, you have loads of talent, you have loads more to give, it will just take a bit of time to find your path and I truly hope you find the right one.

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