Boris Johnson, Mayor of London receives a salary of £140,000 for carrying out his mayoral duties.
This pales into insignificance when you compare it to the Chief Executive of Kent County Council, Peter Gilroy’s salary of a pound short of £230,000 per annum, so the tax paying burghers of London are getting a good deal for their money.
Getting to the point, Mr Johnson writes a weekly column for the Daily Telegraph newspaper, for which they pay him £250,000 a year.
This is no second job scandal though, Boris claims that he is a fast writer and he dashes his column off on a Sunday morning. Fair enough, so it’s a lucrative hobby.
The scandal with this is, Mr Johnson dismisses this quarter of a million pound remuneration, rather cavalierly, as ‘chicken feed’.
For God’s sake, how many chickens can one man have?
When half of his electorate are on the bread line, shouldn’t he have chosen his words more carefully?
He does try to salve his conscience by saying “Of course, I make a substantial donation to charity”.
You and I know that donations to charity are offset against income tax, so in the real world this isn’t costing Boris a bean!
Good luck to him and long may he continue writing, but please Boris, try thinking before you speak next time!