This is the fickle world of politics, where you can call someone a ‘monosyllabic Austrian cyborg’ one day and then go on a nice little bike ride with them the next. Or perhaps it’s just the bicycle’s unique peace-making abilities.
Either way, the man-love was everywhere when Boris Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger went for a ride together today. Boris commented that Schwarzenegger’s ‘got a lot of great policies’, whilst Arnie had the following to say:
‘The bike rides really well, it is solid, it burns calories so you can eat a few extra Wiener schnitzel and you get away with it… It’s a brilliant idea and it shows great leadership from the Mayor. Great, great leadership.’
I obviously applaud anyone who supports cycling, and especially when they make the connection between two wheels and good food, but we should perhaps point out that the whole thing was in fact the previous Mayor’s idea. Which he pinched from various trail-blazing Europeans.
But never mind, at least no-one fell off their bikes.
(And no, this is not an April Fool’s joke!)