The PR Guru

October 28, 2010

Boris Johnson – a walking PR gaffe

There is a famous saying, “Always think before you speak”, which is even more applicable to politicians and people in the public eye because if they say the wrong thing then the media instantly have a field day.

However, some people – including Lord Major of London Boris Johnson -, seem to keep slipping up and saying the wrong thing.

Today, Ministers have criticised Johnson for saying he would not allow Kosovo-style social cleansing in London, in relation to housing benefit reforms.

Many of London MPs have expressed concerns over the £400 per week cap that will force people out of the city, but the Lord Major was particularly vocal and vowed that he would not allow it to happen.

However, Vince Cable took offense to this, saying he had used inflammatory language, whilst the Prime Minister distanced himself from the comments – saying that he does not agree with them.

Mr Johnson later said his remarks had been taken out of context – as politicians and celebrities always do in these circumstances.

According to government figures, 21,000 people will be affected by new caps on the amount families can claim for properties across the UK including 17,000 in London.

Read more about this story on the BBC website.


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