Boris Johnson has has been accused of political campaigning using taxpayers’ money, with an eight-page leaflet, posters and accompanying website giving huge prominence to a list of transport achievements which correlate to his term in office.
With Johnson elected in May 2008, the 2009-2012 timeframe given by the Every Journey Matters campaign provides for a time lapse allowing Boris’ transport programme to come on stream, and runs up to this year’s mayoral contest.
The Diamond Geezer blog highlights the compilation of twelve transport improvements that Boris will want to take credit for. These include the Barclays bike scheme, new London buses, the sponsored cablecar and the DLR extension.
With the mayoral election just 114 days away and an introduction written and signed by the Mayor, this looks strikingly like campaign literature:
“I know every journey you make is important. It’s important to me too. That’s why London is undergoing a neo-Victorian era of investment in its public transport, and it’s great that many Londoners are already enjoying a better, more reliable system.”
Unlike a District Line train, this campaign has arrived right on time for Boris.