A blogger, a calculator and 12 times clueless Boris

As we reported here, a blogger and a calculator helped to shape a serious debate about who is competent to lead a great city like London.

In a BBC interview last week Boris Johnson claimed that the cost of his policy of bringing back buses with conductors would be £8 million a year. He repeated his claim that it would cost £8million on 4 March. Boris Johnson has underestimated the cost of his bus policy by at least £100 million per year (as says an independent assessment here). That would mean a bus fare increase from 90p for a single journey to £1.05, or an increase in the cost of a weekly bus pass from £13 to £15.

After two decades of neglect, a £1 billion a year Tube invest programme is underway. Ken's expanded bus services so that 90 percent of London households are within 400 metres of a bus stop. We've expanded investment in cycling, resulting in an 83 percent increase in cycling levels over the past five years.

And although people now take it for granted, he's brought in Oyster cards, abolished bus and tram fares for children and defended the Freedom Pass from Tory attacks that it is a 'stealth tax.'

He will now introduce 24 hour operation of the Freedom Pass - giving older and disabled Londoners free travel before 9am and throughout the day. He will extend the student travel discount to Oyster One Day Travelcards; and maintain free travel for under-18s on the buses.

So what do you think are the big issues in this area?


Ian_QT said...

Ken and financial competency hardly go hand-in-hand. Lee Jasper, anyone? And that's just for starters.