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Preview: Boris has failed

The Mayor of London has been in office for five years, but he has not grasped the challenges facing a city that will soon be home to 10 million people

By Andrew Adonis  

“Johnson has made no attempt to put in place the housing, transport and other infrastructure that the city requires”

Boris Johnson has been very adept at selling London abroad. But after five years as Mayor, his Achilles heel is clear: he doesn’t have a credible plan to deal with the capital’s rapid expansion. The city’s population, which is currently 8.2m, is projected to reach 10m within 20 years. Johnson’s response? Reams of warm words, but little attempt to put in place the housing, transport and other infrastructure that London requires.


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