POLITICS
05/07/2012 07:53 BST

Boris Johnson: Olympics Not An Excuse To Skive Off Work And Eat Cheese

Boris Johnson has told Londoners not to use the Olympic games as an excuse to skive off work.

According to London radio station LBC, the Mayor told an audience of business leaders in the capital on Tuesday that the influx of tourists for the Games was not an "excuse for pulling sickie, a skivers charter or bludgers paradise."

"I don't want to see the whole city turning in a gigantic Olympic sickie. I see no reason for that," he said.

Half of firms in London will let their employees work from home during the Olympics or take time off to watch the Games, according to a study published last month.

And tens of thousands of Whitehall civil servants will be given the option to work from home over the summer as part of plans to cope with increased congestion during the Olympics.

Transport for London have encouraged the move, however the Daily Mail reports that Boris went somewhat off-message when he said: "some people will see the Games as an opportunity to work from home, in inverted commas.

"We all know that is basically sitting wondering whether to go down to the fridge to hack off that bit of cheese before checking your emails again," he said.

"I don’t want to see too many of us doing that."

Boris' comments came as Londoners travelling on the Underground were startled by the sound of the Mayor booming out above them while they stood on platforms.

"Hi folks this is the mayor here," commuters are told. "This is the greatest moment in the life of London for 50 years, we're welcoming more than a million people a day to our city and there is going to be huge pressure on the transport network.

"Don't get caught out. Get online and plan your journey."