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Boris Johnson Signs Off From 'Operation Juddering Climax', And Endorses Zac Goldsmith

'Someone fetch him a kleenex'.

04/05/2016 15:40 | Updated 04 May 2016

Boris Johnson has signed off his last full day as London Mayor by saying "Operation Juddering Climax is coming to its final shuddering surge".

In the video published on his Twitter feed, Johnson urges people to vote on Thursday for Zac Goldsmith, who is vying to be the Conservative successor as mayor but who is well behind Labour's Sadiq Khan in the polls.

Johnson cited his own achievements as mayor and said: "I hope you think that at least some of the things have been worthwhile."

But the tweet's language 'Operation Juddering Climax', is what trended on Twitter, as people imagined and then shuddered at what that might allude to.

Leading the reactions is chain sex shop Ann Summers, which offered the outgoing mayor and MP a job.

It was suggested the typically bizarre name was a deliberate attempt to distract from other, more damaging issues in the style of Lynton Crosby's so-called 'Dead Cat' strategy in elections.

One person noted Johnson is particularly fond of using the phrase while being questioned by members of the London Assembly.

His previously said his mayoralty would "go on and on like a kind of Beethoven symphony, failing to come to any conspicuous... a crescendo of juddering climaxes". 

He also claimed a member's line of questioning was about to come to a "juddering climax" and said negotiations" were about to do the same, all while London Assembly members kept questioning him without batting an eyelid at his phrasing.

So, if they can hear Johnson use the phrase and get over it, there's hope for us all.

Boris Bikes, getting caught on a zip wire and bendy buses aside, Johnson focusses on what he says is the investment in infrastructure and transport in his video, praising the city's "regeneration" in his eight years.

In the video, he says: "I don't think there's ever been such an incredible legacy from the Olympic Games.

"[I don't think] any other Olympic city has ever produced such a physical, concrete regeneration legacy."

Johnson went on to praise the "extraordinary investment" in transport, pointing to Crossrail, adding there had never "been such a period of construction and regeneration".  

"I know I was very surprised to be elected and millions around the world were surprised I was elected too," he says.

Johnson's election in 2008 was greeted with shock by many. His lack of executive or ministerial experience and his public persona led him to be dismissed as a clown by his opponents.

But Tim Donovan, BBC London's political editor, pointed out Johnson leaves office amid a housing crisis in the capital with soaring prices to rent and buy forcing many out of London.

"Mr Johnson can claim that numerically he built more affordable homes than Mr Livingstone. But 'affordability' is now more loosely defined," Donovan wrote.

And once the money injected by Gordon Brown's government ran out, the trajectory was downwards: 55,000 affordable homes in Johnson's first term; 45,000 in his second.

The Night Tube, one of the most-anticipated changes to London's transport network, was delayed amid a standoff with the union over their members' new terms and conditions.

It will start in September under his successor, a year after it was meant to.

The accomplishments he claims have done nothing to convince his opponents he is up to any more powerful job in government.

In The Evening Standard, Tony Blair's former deputy John Prescott said simply: "He's a clown."

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Boris Johnson has given everyone a laugh during his time as Mayor of London - sometimes unwittingly.
  • Clive Brunskill via Getty Images
    He's been keen to ensure the Olympic legacy isn't forgotten...
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    ...and was happy to enlist the help of sporting stars along the way.
  • LEON NEAL via Getty Images
    In fact, he refused to let anyone get in his way.
  • Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive
    Even children.
  • Chris Harris/The Times/PA Archive
    He made sure to test out plenty of the Olympic Park's facilities for himself.
  • POOL New / Reuters
    He was certainly never caught lying down on the job.
  • Lauren Hurley/PA Archive
    Honestly, you'd never know he wasn't a pro.
  • Carl Court via Getty Images
    Total pro.
  • PUNIT PARANJPE via Getty Images
    100% absolute pro.
  • Matthew Horwood via Getty Images
    He's got his priorities straight.
  • Ben Pruchnie via Getty Images
    He brought cycling superhighways to the capital - even if not everyone was pleased about it.
  • David M. Benett via Getty Images
    In fact, he'll bring cycling into just about anything. Even a red carpet event.
  • Luke MacGregor / Reuters
    His boss always knows he's got his back (apart from on the teeny tiny issue of the EU referendum).
  • Sean Dempsey/PA Archive
    He's been insistent that the Emirates Air Line won't get terminated.
  • Joe Giddens/PA Archive
    He knows Londoners are built of strong stuff.
  • Joe Giddens/PA Archive
    He's done his bit for housing.
  • Frank Augstein/PA Wire
    As well doing plenty of useful research.
  • Peter Nicholls / Reuters
    He's proved he's a natural at getting down with the kids.
  • Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images
    And is definitely known for his poise and elegance.
  • Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive
    He knows exactly how to dress for his surroundings.
  • AFP via Getty Images
    Always looking like an absolute natural.
  • Steve Parsons/PA Archive
    He's proved he's a natural with children.
  • Yui Mok/PA Archive
    And animals.
  • Lewis Whyld/PA Archive
    Oh and fish.
  • Fiona Hanson/PA Archive
    He managed to finally get Tube drivers to accept a Night Tube deal - although admittedly lost some support along the way.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
    No doubt there must have been times when he considered a quick getaway.
  • John Stillwell/PA Archive
    But he proved to be a man of many talents.
  • Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images
    He's never been afraid to break the rules.
  • Barcroft Media via Getty Images
    A Mayor to be proud of.

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