Olympic debt and land deal gives momentum to legacy

July 8, 2010

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The government has signed off a multi-million pound debt and land deal with the Mayor of London, which could have endangered parts of the 2012 Olympic legacy and threatened to turn it into an unseemly Conservative spat.

Does class matter in politics?

October 7, 2009

borisThree big speeches have been delivered at the Conservative Party conference so far — by party leader David Cameron, the mayor of London and national bumbler, Boris Johnson, and the party’s spokesman on the economy, George Osborne.

Will there ever be the “right type of snow” in Britain?

February 2, 2009

The last time round when there was such widespread travel chaos in Britain due to snow was quite some time ago….it was in 1991 – the year the “wrong type of snow” was born – British Rail’s ill-conceived attempt to explain why the railways had come to a virtual standstill after heavy snowfall.

from Davos Notebook:

London — warmer and cheaper

January 29, 2009

London is cheaper and warmer, at least compared with Davos, says London Mayor Boris Johnson.

How safe is your street?

September 3, 2008

crime-map.JPGEver wanted to know how many crimes were committed in your local area?

Well, by the end of the year you’ll be able to get some idea with every police force required to produce online interactive “crime maps”.

There is no substitute for me, says Boris

August 19, 2008

boris.jpgThe resignation of another key aide to Mayor Boris Johnson has sparked renewed questions over the Mayor of London’s leadership, with opposition leaders at City Hall charging that the “wheels are coming off” his new administration.

Banning booze from the tube

May 29, 2008

tube1.jpgMayor Boris Johnson’s ban on drinking alcohol on the London underground starts on Sunday.The news hasn’t gone down well in some quarters and plenty of groups on Facebook have said they will be holding protest wakes.

Johnson overtakes Cameron

May 16, 2008

For the first time since he became mayor of London on May 2, Boris Johnson has overtaken Conservative leader David Cameron in “favourability”, according to an opinion tracker published on www.politicshome.com.

Big task looms for Boris Johnson

May 2, 2008

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The man described by some as a joke, by others as a brilliant mind has ended Ken Livingstone’s eight-year reign at City Hall.

Mayoral hopefuls take the Shakespeare test

April 25, 2008

Should Shakespeare be a factor for Londoners voting for their next mayor on May 1?