Boris has gone violently off message in a speech in the West Country, calling for the government to: “Bring back hunting to Exmoor, whilst always respecting the feelings and indeed the wishes of the animals.” The Western Morning News reports on the Mayor’s visit to Dulverton Town Hall, where he “intrigued the audience with other pre-election promises such as an NHS for animals, making Scrabble an Olympic sport, and a bid to open Britain’s borders to citizens of “Eurozone disaster areas like Italy”, but only if they agreed to help hill farmers at lambing time”:
Number one – abolish VAT on hearing aids.
Two: apply to the UN for the immediate recognition of the superior intelligence of rats, geese and other animals…”
Best received was a call to “bring back manners in young people” and make them eat crisps with a knife and fork…”
Banter aside and most intriguingly, Boris let slip that the Tory manifesto – due imminently – is still being written:
“Our family does not have good reputation for meeting deadlines. My brother Joseph (MP for Orpington) has had to go to London today after someone rang before breakfast – probably the Prime Minister – reminding him he had to write 4,000 words for the Conservative manifesto.”
Well it can’t be as rubbish as their 2010 one.