‘It’s ter­ri­fy­ing that Boris the chancer may be PM’

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY KEIR MUDIE Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

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

dan­ger­ous.”

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