Boris on the buses (or not)
The Conservative candidate for Mayor of London faces Paxo
The main candidates for London Mayor took the stage in a three way debate this week on Newsnight. Boris Johnson was quizzed by Jeremy Paxman about the costings of one of the central planks of his campaign, a pledge to introduce a new version of the Routemaster bus.
The transcript of the exchange comes from a blog on the Guardian:
“Paxman wanted to know what would be the cost of Johnson’s plan to bring in a new generation of Routemaster buses.
Johnson said this would be “no more and no less” than the cost of Livingstone’s proposal to bring in a new fleet of hybrid buses.
This is how the exchange went on:
Paxman: “Give us a figure.”
Johnson: “When you look at the prospect that this offers ...”
Paxman: “Come on, what is the figure?”
Johnson: “The average cost of a bendy bus is about £200,000. I envisage the cost over time being substantially amortised, to be easily bearable under the transport fund ..
Paxman: “Am I not making myself clear? What we want to know is how much you propose to spend on this new fleet of Routemaster buses?”
Johnson: “No more and no less ...
Paxman: A figure? A figure?
Johnson: Than the cost of the mayor’s ...
Paxman: I despair.”
You can read more on the debate on Dave Cole’s blog here.