Conservative Elected Mayor of London

Boris Johnson, by Adam Procter

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Photo of Boris Johnson, new mayor-elect of London, by Adam Procter, from Wikipedia.

From the International Herald Tribune:

Boris Johnson, the floppy-haired media celebrity and Conservative member of Parliament who transformed himself from a figure of fun into a plausible political force, was sworn in as mayor of London after an electoral victory that was a resounding rebuke to the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Johnson’s self-deprecating sense of humor showed Saturday as he joked about nearly tripping on his way to the podium after signing the declaration of office. He was to officially take over as mayor at midnight Sunday.

“Until that time, I imagine there are shredding machines quietly puffing and panting away in various parts of the building,” Johnson said, according to The Associated Press.

London now has a floppy-haired conservative named “Boris” as its mayor. This is a strange decade.


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