Boris Johnson plans to hire one of the new Routemaster’s which he introduced to London, to defend him in his upcoming court case.
The Tory leadership hopeful will appear in court to face charges of misconduct in public office over claims he lied by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week.
The buses were introduced by Boris following his pledge to do so during his successful London Mayoral campaign in 2007 –
to this day the only promise he has ever managed to keep.
Slightly old-fashioned but with just enough character to be vaguely likeable to some – Boris is currently the bookies favourite to be the next leader of the Conservative Party.
But the private prosecution launched by campaigner Marcus Ball, who crowdfunded £200,000 for the case, could put his leadership bid in jeopardy.
So, Johnson has decided to use the old adage It’s not a lie if it’s written on a bus to his advantage and park a Boris bus in the courtroom with the slogan I’m not a liar, honest written on the side of it – and just hope that 52% of the jury are gullible enough to believe it.
Mr Johnson’s representatives said the case is being ‘brought for political purposes.’
Mr Ball agreed saying that purpose was to expose political lies.
Mr Johnson faces three allegations of misconduct in public office,
and so many allegations of misconduct in his private office that he’d need a message on every bus on Oxford Street to defend himself.
Someone is guilty of misconduct in public office if a prosecution can prove that they wilfully neglected to perform their duty – or misconducted themselves – to such a degree that it amounts to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder.
Which presumably leaves the other 649 MP’s wondering who’s next.