Sadiq Khan has called out Boris Johnson for doing the most Boris Johnson thing ever, with it emerging that the former mayor of London spunked a huge amount of taxpayers’ money on unapproved water cannons, before spending shitloads more pimping them up. They were never used.
“It beggars belief that such a huge amount of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on paying to store these redundant machines,” Khan said. “We’ve been left in this position by the previous mayor, who rashly purchased them before he even had permission to use them, and now it’s my job to claw back as much of London taxpayers’ money as I can.
“I have spent a significant amount of time looking into how I can do this and have been left with no choice but to sell these machines through a process that charges a fee.”
Johnson spent a total of £325,000 on a trio of water cannons purchased from German federal police for £90,000 in 2014, during the London riots. £970 was spent fitting radios and CD players, while the installation of sirens cost over £3,000.
They’ll be sold for between £35,000 and £43,000 each -- more than purchase price -- but still at an enormous loss. According to Khan, their sale will help Greater London Authority save almost £175,000 over the next eight years, and the money raised will be used to tackle gang crime. [BBC, Guardian]