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Boris calls his (additonal) $250k salary chickenfeed

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thighsmadeofcheddar Wed 15-Jul-09 17:24:10


I know Ken wasn't too popular but seriously is this the man to lead London?


MaggieBeeBeau Wed 15-Jul-09 17:24:55

Lucky chickens

onagar Wed 15-Jul-09 17:39:29

I'm convinced now that Boris does this on purpose - like a troll on here. It may be what he thinks or it may not.

OTOH, I bet he mixes with a lot of company CEOs etc that do earn amounts that make him look a pauper.

My opinion is that incomes can vary according to how hard you work etc, but morally only up to say 5 times the lowest paid. There is no way that someone can be worth 1000s of times more than a train driver, a teacher or a dustman.

TheCrackFox Wed 15-Jul-09 17:39:38

Pretty fucking massive chicken.

bobthebuddha Wed 15-Jul-09 21:39:12

Ah, but Ken also maintained a newspaper column with the Indy for quite a while after he landed the Mayoralty, though I don't think they were paying anything like Johnson's fee. Bozza did also state early on that £50k of his £250k would go to fund bursaries of some description. Still, I certainly wouldn't mind that kind of 'chickenfeed'. Curious choice of description.

tiredemma Wed 15-Jul-09 21:40:23


Knobhead springs to mind

HumphreyCobbler Wed 15-Jul-09 21:44:58

It doesn't give us a context to his statement.

He might have been making a joke?

bobthebuddha Wed 15-Jul-09 21:47:43

Just read a bit more on it - he was doing a BBC radio interview when he said it. Claimed he was being 'frivolous'.

cherryblossoms Wed 15-Jul-09 21:51:10

He's a scamp, isn't he? What a card!

Fine to have that kind of "sense of humour" if you're a columnist (perhaps) - maybe he and India "upset the liberals" should do a joint "let's offend everyone" column together one day, but I do feel glum about the fact he's our mayor ... .

LuluMaman Wed 15-Jul-09 21:52:58

boris johnson, for example is a twat.

in teh midst of a deep and nasty recessoin with unemployment soaring.. comparing that sort of money to chicken feed is stupid, facile, idiotic and insulting

cherryblossoms Wed 15-Jul-09 21:54:16

grin @ Lulumaman.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 15-Jul-09 21:55:01

Without hearing it you actually cannot say what his meaning was.

For instance

BBC presenter "So you get paid a great deal of money for being Mayor of London"
Boris "Not really, compared to Jeremy Paxman's £600 000 it's chicken feed".....

I know I am not going to win a prize for my dialogue but you get my point, no?

LuluMaman Wed 15-Jul-09 21:56:39

i stand by what i said, even in that context

boris just opens his mouth, and both his feet get jammed in there

smellen Wed 15-Jul-09 21:58:53

I don't think he was comparing his meagre earnings to Paxman's, just being his usual cossetted, pampered self - out of touch with real life, raised and educated in an elite system to rub shoulders with other members of the elite.

Why on earth he was ever elected as Mayor of London is beyond me - I suppose it comes down to the fact that he has friends in the media who were able to re-package him as a "loveable buffoon with a good heart".

smellen Wed 15-Jul-09 21:59:52

should have put speech marks around 'meagre', as definitely intended to be ironic.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 15-Jul-09 22:00:30

I have been wondering about how Londoners are finding him now, especially after all those doom laden threads when he got elected.

LuluMaman Wed 15-Jul-09 22:02:16

jsut so crass to refer to 1/4 of a million pounds as chicken feed

Aranea Wed 15-Jul-09 22:07:56

Have a look at the video clip on that link. He was being flippant and making a joke.

cherryblossoms Wed 15-Jul-09 22:08:20

I find it bizzarre, bizzarre, bizzarre that he was packaged as a "loveable buffoon" ie that was supposed to be his good point, his selling point.

And he won!!!! The loveable buffoon is mayor of London.

cherryblossoms Wed 15-Jul-09 22:11:58

Thing is - we surely, surely expect the mayor of London to have a bit more sense than to make such a f* stupid joke.

HE IS NOT A COMEDIAN - HE IS A POLITICIAN - AND REPRESENTS LONDONERS - who mostly earn way less than that and, as Lulumaman says, are dealing with a recession.

And I'm sure Conservative head office are not pleased, as they try and paint themselves as caring and concerned as the election draws slowly towards us.

LuluMaman Wed 15-Jul-09 22:12:07

but it;s not funny or flippant in the middle of a farking recession!!

bobthebuddha Wed 15-Jul-09 22:14:13

HumphreyCobbler, I'm a Londoner & I can't honestly recall him being a topic of conversation at all over the last year amongst any other Londoners I know or have met. I don't know that people really think much about the very existence of the Mayor, beyond the media, message boards & groups wanting funding. I rather think London would get on quite well without a Mayor at all...

Quattrocento Wed 15-Jul-09 22:15:38

I'll be Boris's chicken

morningpaper Wed 15-Jul-09 22:32:13

<glues on feathers>

AbricotsSecs Wed 15-Jul-09 22:36:16

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