‘It’s terrifying that Boris the chancer may be PM’
LONDON’S Deputy Mayor – who spent eight years questioning Boris Johnson – today calls him a “chancer” and says the thought of him as PM is “terrifying.”
Joanna McCartney was chair of the Police and Crime Committee when he was Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016.
She said: “I spent eight years questioning him and never got a straight answer. He was a chancer.
“He never read his briefs, had no eye for detail and flew by the seat of his pants.”
Boris famously blew £320,000 on three water cannon vehicles from Germany in 2014 after the London riots. But there were 67 faults on them, it cost £19,035 to repaint them and £970 to fit radios. They were eventually sold as scrap for £11,025.
Joanna said: “It was quite clear from my questioning of him that he was just going to buy them despite all the evidence.
“He didn’t even read the report that laid out
WARNING all the details and problems – not only problems licensing them but that it would be dangerous to use on the streets of London.”
Other bungles included the Garden Bridge, costing £43million of public cash but never built.
He blew £40million on new Routemaster buses which were “saunas on wheels”. And the cost of adapting the Olympic Stadium for West Ham United was £133m higher than he predicted.
He shut 10 fire stations and axed 552 firefighting jobs, closed London Underground ticket offices costing 900 jobs, and saw rough sleeping double.
Joanne said: “His mayoralty was a litany of broken promises.”
She added: “He thought he could get away from any scrutiny by blustering. Even his own side was frustrated by his responses. “It’s all about him. He doesn’t treat issues with the seriousness they deserve.
“The thought of him at No10 is terrifying. When the world is uncertain and our country is divided, to have a chancer in Downing Street is extremely