The London Mayor is developing a reputation for authoritarianism and inaction. The Parliament Square eviction is his most disgraceful move so far.
By Ian Dunt
Quick. Think of something Boris Johnson has achieved as London Mayor. Strange, isn't it? Nothing comes to mind. Under the pressure of my own challenge, I have emerged with three policies: the ban on drinking on public transport, the failure to put up screens for the World Cup and the eviction of demonstrators in Parliament Square.
Each of these actions reveals a political attitude which can best be described as paternal, although in truth it is pure authoritarianism. It's an approach quite at odds with the libertarian spirit Boris' one-man PR machine implies. The bumbling mayor has always used this charming persona of his to accomplish political goals.
As anyone who watches TV knows, he comes across as smart, ditsy, amiable, entertaining, good natured and liberal. Indeed, some of those liberal impressions appear to be genuine,Read More »from Boris disgraces himself with protest evictions