Axegrinder was bemused this morning having tuned into LBC 97.3 where Mayor of London Boris Johnson was holding court.
It seems that the blonde politician found himself in deep water over the weekend when a spoof story on a BBC drama show claimed he wanted to turn the Thames into a motorway.
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Eagle-eyed viewers tuning into Sherlock on BBC1 on Sunday could see a spinning news story claiming the “current Mayor of London” wanted the Thames turned into an express waterway.
Now, forgive Axegrinder for his cynicism, but BoJo is on record as wanting to turn part of the river into an airport.
However, he was miffed at the story (above) which claimed: “The hair-brained scheme involved chartering disused boats, paying for their conversion into a version of London's famous bus, the Routemaster, but this plan has already foundered after pilot schemes revealed that customers were walking straight off the boat and into the icy currents of the Thames.
"When asked to explain how the system might move forward, or even be profitable, or perhaps even to explain the point, the Mayor, who was at a self-promotion event, was found to be dithering, incoherent, and self-interested."
Poor old Boris thought he was the subject of the spoof story claiming: “It is elementary my dear Watson, I deduce a simple case of BBC bias."
However, like HMS Belfast which has its six-inch guns pointed at London Gateway services on the M1 motorway, BoJo trained his sights on New Broadcasting House.
Speaking on LBC 97.3 this morning, he said: “I think it is perfectly legitimate for people to satirise politicians and there you go.
"I don't rule out the possibility by the way that this is an attack on the previous mayor, who after all himself spent large sums of public money on investigating whether there should be a Thames estuary airport and used to drivel on about putting people on the river.
"But, unlike the previous mayor I actually expanded river transport. We doubled the number of passengers on the river and we are actually getting somewhere at last in sorting out our aviation capacity problem.
"So, whatever the BBC may say… you know, they are entitled to spend taxpayers' money attacking Conservative politicians. That's what they do, that's their raison d'etre, and I don't in anyway want to discourage them."
A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Sherlock is a fictional drama series. Both the newspaper and Mayor featured in the episode were entirely fictional and were not named or politically affiliated."