Having listened to Boris Johnson may a complete idiot of himself on the Today programme last week over denying that a key document (referred to in a report that he had commissioned) actually existed, I have been reading with horror two very well written and insightful blogs: 'The Tory Troll' and 'Boris Watch'.
I must admit that I had succumbed to the conspiracy theory that the buffoon image was just an act and the Johnson was a shrewd operator underneath, but it appears that I was wrong. Recent events have shown that Johnson is not running London and is completely unaware of the decisions being made. In the last week, for example:
The Rise festival has been scrapped by the Mayor and replaced with an apolitical music event. Rise was the largest anti racist festival of its kind in Europe. Johnson however then goes on to know nothing about the festival being scrapped or even what the festival was for in the first place - so who made the decision?
Then we have the debacle of the funding of the Olympics and the publically available and potentially most important document relating to overspends. Johnson denies that it exists, makes claims that go against the agreement in the document, and then in a press release back tracks.
Finally, the sacking of 5 senior women seems to have been announced in the press before the decision had be made.
Johnson is the best example of what is wrong with the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems. They are funded by big business and wealthy individuals and then they dance to the tune of their masters. This is what turns people of politics, politicians who serve their paymasters not the electorate.