I’ve just got around to watching Wednesday’s Mayor’s Question Time. Boris was impressive on most topics but he was particularly strong in his condemnation of Labour’s Andy Coulson attacks.
“It strikes me that various members of the former Labour government have had five years to discover their principles and get outraged about this, but only now are they deciding to do it, and it seeems to me to be in order to score party political points against the Prime Minister’s press spokesman. I think it’s patently politically motivated.
I think you guys had a long time whilst Labour was in power to take on News International, to do whatever it is you’re wanting to do. This is completely spurious and political. This is arising now purely because the former editor of the News of the World – who actually resigned! – now occupies a position in government.
You’re trying to make a song and dance about nothing in my opinion. I read the New York Times article, actually, with great attention and couldn’t see anything new in it. This is a load of codswallop cooked up by the Labour party.”