While those queuing up for the chance to replace London’s occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson when he finally exits City Hall for the last time next year are very much present and correct - the Guardian’s Dave Hill has just interviewed Christian Wolmar, who is pitching for the Labour nomination, and unlike Bozza, would clearly be a hands-on Mayor - the incumbent is nowhere to be seen.
Well, nowhere in London, anyway: Bozza has arrived in Boston, and not the one in Lincolnshire. The state of Massachusetts has better things to do right now, having been subjected to a series of heavy snowfalls, and by heavy, I mean heavy, as in a metre and a half of the stuff. Bozza claims that “The mission, as ever, is to tell the world what we are doing in London”, and if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.
Your totally impartial host speaks
“After braving sub-zero temperatures for a walkabout in the snow, Mr Johnson announced plans to run more of London's roads through tunnels to improve air quality and free up land … Parts of the A13, A3, A316, A4 and A406 could be diverted underground, he said”. And demolish tens of millions of pounds’ worth of real estate in the process, no doubt, which he isn’t telling anyone - but it’s all in the plans.
[UPDATE 1825 hours: to show just how pointless Bozza's trip really is, the Standard - City Hall editor Pippa Crerar is also travelling with his party - has told readers, on the subject of his remaining in Boston, where he is now snowed in, that a spokesman said "It was a close call but he’s here to do business for London, and that’s exactly what he intends to do ... with significant tech and life scientists here he has reservations about pulling out".
Got that? Now Ms Crerar lets slip the sheer pointlessness of the trip, as she then tells "Mr Johnson was also due to take part in a discussion in front of an audience of 800 guests but they have been told not to turn up and he will appear on television instead". So he need not have stayed in the city.
What a clown. What a waste of time and money. And what a total and utter shambles]