10 Oct '12, 1pm
New blog posting, Boris Johnson
Talking about taxi drivers who protested over Olympic lane restrictions, he said: “The taxi drivers were blockading the West End. One of them actually handed the keys of his cab to a police guy and jumped off Tower Bridge. I wish some of the others could have done the same frankly but never mind.” For a Mayor of London to call for taxi drivers to throw themselves off a bridge is pretty remarkable. Especially considering how badly relations between City Hall and many cabbies have deteriorated in recent years. When Labour’s mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone cracked a joke about hanging bankers during the election campaign all hell broke loose. Yet when the current Mayor of London tells cabbies to throw themselves off a bridge, it’s barely even reported. The press often talk about Boris “getting away with murder” as if it’s a natural law, rather than a direct result of them l...