Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Boris stands up for London
Mayor Boris said: “London is the powerhouse of the UK economy and it is time to look at formally recognising that and make sure hard-pressed and hard-working Londoners get the benefit of their contribution” as he unveiled plans for Londoners to keep more of the tax revenue they generate to spend on better public services.
Mr Johnson said he would argue for funding to be allocated “without ring-fencing” so he could have total control over how it was spent.
Asked about his conversation over tax with the Labour candidate yesterday, Mr Johnson said today: “He knows the truth and he knows what he’s saying is nonsense... I think you’re entitled, after you’ve taken the trouble to explain that he’s wrong, to get your message through to that person in a robust way.”
Friends of Mr Johnson today said it is “incredibly rare for Boris to swear in anger”, and that he only does it when people are “sly and underhand”.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly said he has never “used a company to minimise my tax obligation”. His team yesterday released two letters from his accountant stating that he was “liable to income tax on the entirety of his income, and has made all due payments”.