Yes, Boris that is your legacy

The Wharf - - News -

The Mayor of Lon­don Boris John­son is a “yes man”. That is his legacy, which is per­haps ironic con­sid­er­ing the con­trary tone he’s set­ting on the na­tional stage.

He said “yes” to a num­ber of things that per­haps would have been bet­ter ad­dressed with a “no”, a “maybe” or, per­haps, a “let’s think about this for a mo­ment”.

He has ar­gued in the past that the for­est of cranes are a di­rect re­sult of him em­brac­ing de­vel­op­ment, ar­gu­ing that a small per­cent­age of some­thing (namely af­ford­able hous­ing) is bet­ter than 35% of noth­ing. But his “yes” mo­men­tum has tripped him up. It has caused woe over En­derby Wharf and Bish­ops­gate and it has cre­ated Hong Kong on South Quay.

For all his brash der­ring-do, Boris has left a city as un­ruly as his hair.

Giles Broad­bent

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