Boris’ bus "gaffe"

Some of the media are trying to make a big thing over Boris saying that a new fleet of modern routemasters would cost about £100 million. Boris was “caught” on film and posted on Youtube. This, they say, is much higher than the £8 million first announced and more in line with Livingstone’s claims.

Rubbish!

Livingstone originally claimed that conductors on these buses would cost £110 million. Boris never claimed that he could replace a whole fleet of buses for £8 million, Livingstone has earmarked a budget for new buses and the new routemaster will be bought within that budget.

Buses are not conductors.

4 responses to “Boris’ bus "gaffe"

  1. Ken said that conductors would cost £48m, see < HREF="http://www.londonforken.co.uk/?p=64 " REL="nofollow">http://www.londonforken.co.uk/?p=64<>which I pointed to last time you < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/03/livingstone-pulling-figures-out-of-his.html" REL="nofollow">discussed this issue<>.Boris was not providing the £8m for just putting conductors on normal buses, he want to buy hundreds of brand new routemasters for them, it is a single policy and must be costed as such. If he was only providing the £8m figure for condustors, not only was he wrong, but he was also deliberately misleading Londoners. It is a good job we have more spin doctors in City Hall than bus conductors to correct such innacruacies from mayoral candidates.

  2. Ken said that conductors would cost £48m, see < HREF="http://www.londonforken.co.uk/?p=64 " REL="nofollow">http://www.londonforken.co.uk/?p=64<>which I pointed to last time you < HREF="http://jamescleverly.blogspot.com/2008/03/livingstone-pulling-figures-out-of-his.html" REL="nofollow">discussed this issue<>.Boris was not providing the £8m for just putting conductors on normal buses, he want to buy hundreds of brand new routemasters for them, it is a single policy and must be costed as such. If he was only providing the £8m figure for condustors, not only was he wrong, but he was also deliberately misleading Londoners. It is a good job we have more spin doctors in City Hall than bus conductors to correct such innacruacies from mayoral candidates.

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