Ken Livingstone today gave an interview with the Times where he says the difference between him and Boris is that he wants to protect London from Great White Shark attacks.
What can he be referring to?
Boris Johnson has revealed the inspiration behind his ambition to run London – Larry Vaughn, the mayor in the film Jaws who demanded the beaches stay open despite the ominous presence of a great white shark.
Just 24 hours after entering the race to become the Tory candidate in the mayoral elections next year, it emerged that Mr Johnson had praised Mayor Vaughn’s “laissez faire” approach to public safety on several occasions.
The mayor’s order leads to the gruesome death of a young boy. However, the MP for Henley said Mr Vaughn is a role model to which all politicians should aspire.
“The real hero of Jaws is the mayor,” Mr Johnson said last year in a speech at Lloyd’s of London.
“A gigantic fish is eating all your constituents and he decides to keep the beaches open. OK, in that instance he was actually wrong. But in principle, we need more politicians like the mayor – we are often the only obstacle against all the nonsense which is really a massive conspiracy against the taxpayer.”
Of course Boris was being contrary – how could anyone consider slime ball Mayor Vaughn a hero. Indeed in the book you find the real reason he didnt want to close the beachs, he was in the pay of the local mafia who owned beachfront property.
The real allegory of the book was that three very unsympathetic guys have to come together to save their town – a greek tragedy about the idea of the greater good. A good theme then for the Mayoral election.
Indeed Steven Spielberg said he had to change the characters (apart from quint of course) as he found them so unsympathetic he wanted the shark to win. Well you never know what might happen to the Mayoral candidate’s boat at the Jubilee regatta. Lets hope Boris takes along his compressed