Honestly, you’ve just moved into a new house, the carpet’s all nice and clean, everything’s ready… and then one mayor, three aides, six journalists and half a dozen photographers come around on a wet winter’s morning to tramp around the place. Where’s the Shake ‘n’ Vac when you need it?
To be fair, the press corps and mayoral aides seemed to be taking their shoes off for the mayoral visit to Gallon Close, Charlton, where he was promoting his housing policy (and “welcoming families into their new homes” and all that). While the new homes are very nice and seem surprisingly eco-friendly, Boris doesn’t seem to have had much to do with their creation. Hey-ho – don’t you know there’s an election on?
But it’s nice to see him down here, anyway.
Curiously, it’s his second visit to SE7 in three months after visiting apprentices at a training centre last October. Perhaps he likes us. After all, we don’t have any dangerous rivers like they do in, say, Sydenham…
It wasn’t the best of weather for it, although the rain did hold off for his, er, lift from Charlton station.
I did think about hanging around and cadging a lift back, but with all the press and dignitaries safely inside, I decided to wander back. Of course, Boris is welcome back to SE7 any time. And just so the new householders know who’s called, there’s a picture of his best mate around the back of their house. Cripes!
UPDATE 1.45PM: Green AM Jenny Jones replies to Boris on Twitter: “With your lower social housing targets, waiting lists will only get longer & more people forced onto housing benefit.” And an army of Labour representatives line up to have a pop at Boris. “You almost have to admire Boris’s chutzpah in taking credit for homes he has had nothing to do with. These were started long before he was in City Hall and if he had been in charge with the policies he has you can guarantee they wouldn’t have happened.”