These are tough times for London. True, the city has weathered the harsh economic winds blowing through Europe better than most of parts of the UK. But unemployment is up, public services face painful cuts, welfare benefits have been reduced or abolished and prospects for growth look very uncertain. A quarter of young Londoners are unemployed.
The Mayoralty is up for re-election next year and there's a chance that Boris may not get to open his beloved Olympics, instead forced to hand ye flamin' torch over to arch rival Ken. I have a feeling it won't happen, that he'll stay in. Because there's a little bit about his innate comedy that infects, and that's what people want more of right now, amidst all the gloom.