Team MMT has been having split brain conversations about that scion of UK Politics…Boris Johnson. Whilst Boris has perfected the art of looking scruffy and speaking like someone who might be barking mad, he’s clearly not. In his time as Lord Mayor of London Boris did big things for cyclists. The “Boris” Hire Bike scheme and establishment dedicated bike lane ways has moved London from being one of the most dangerous places to ride a bike to one of the best. Chapeau Mr Johnson. By the way, I think this dilemma about how to regard Boris is captured perfectly in this photo.
However, his entry into national politics has resulted many WTF moments, for example BREXIT. Educated Britons are wondering exactly how it was that Boris decided that siding with looney far right of Nigel Farrage’s UKIP was a good idea. That coup etat resulted in both the Prime Minister David Cameron and some non-descript guy that was leading Labour, no longer leading their respective political parties. Now Boris has the job of Foreign Secretary, presumably to salvage some kind of relationship with Europe and now has the added bonus of dealing with Trump foreign policy. Also it seems that he’s now too important to be allowed to ride one of his own Boris bikes.
Today the Age syndicated an article called “Boris Johnson gives up his Boris Bike but London pedals on”, where Boris bemoans the fact that he’s had to give up cycling –
“I used to cycle everywhere and I do miss it.” He said he had given up cycling more than 570 kilometres per year. Mr Johnson said he had been banned from pedalling because “it involves a sort of convoy of police cyclists, plus cars, plus God knows what.”
Poor Boris, all those luxury armoured limousines, that must be really tough. Oh and by the way, 570 km means he was doing about 12km a week. MMT thinks this is pretty feeble effort anyway.
Any how to celebrate that MMT can ride his bike as much as he likes and Boris can’t, here’s a picture montage of Boris, cycling hero and dud politician on bike. A sight that sadly we will no longer see, given its enormous entertainment value.
Until next blog, ride better than Boris