Boris Johnson’s recent statements on Question Time, in which he condemned UK Uncut for causing “tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage” during the occupation of Fortnum & Mason have been brought into further question after the department store released a statement outlining their intended insurance claim.
A spokesperson for shop, which holds a royal warrant, refused Scrapbook’s requests for a breakdown of both physical damage and loss of earnings, saying simply:
“Following the events of 26th March, we can confirm we have made a claim for £85,000 to our insurance company”
However previous information released to the Independent described physical damage as “minimal” but put loss of trade at “about £80,000”. It may therefore have been unwise for Boris Johnson to claim, once more, in response to a London Assembly written question:
“Fortnum & Mason estimates the cost of the damage done at tens of thousands of pounds in addition to lost earnings of £80,000.”
The Mayor and his Tory-supporting grocers seem to be having significant difficulty in getting their stories straight.
These apparent contradictions may be of significant interest to the London Assembly and Fortnum’s insurers.