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The view from Boris Johnson’s office


Boris Johnson flanked by AACL members
Boris Johnson flanked by AACL members

What’s the first thing you’d expect to see upon entering Boris Johnson’s office? A soapbox, of course. This one fortunately remained on the shelf as the mayor entertained nearly a dozen AACL members in his office on the eighth floor of City Hall (it might just boast the best view in London – Tower Bridge is visible right outside the window).

Mr. Johnson gripped a baseball he’d recently been given by the new U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James, Louis Susman, and talked about London’s rekindled bromance with New York. “After all,” he said, quoting someone, but not entirely sure who, “America is London’s proudest achievement.”

Having beat the drum for transatlantic co-operation, Mr.  Johnson left a few days later for New York, where he met with his counterpart, Mayor Bloomberg, announced tourism initiatives between the two cities and rang the bell to close the New York Stock Exchange.

AACL members had some pressing questions: Would he run again for mayor? Probably. For Conservative leader? He demurred, coyly. Most important, would he host Have I Got News For You again? Alas, not at the moment. The headlines are safe for now.

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