Oh god, this could be good.
Boris Johnson just told the Metropolitan Police to go ahead any buy themselves three second-hand water cannon trucks from Germany (the home of liberal democracy!) even though they haven’t been approved for use in the UK yet.
Because their safety (or lack thereof) is hotly debated, this is a controversial move. Fortunately for Boris lovers and haters everywhere, an LBC radio interviewer successfully goaded the Mayor into turning himself into a human test dummy.
“I’m certainly prepared to do anything to show that they’re safe within reason. I’m not quite sure whether I want to stand in front of a water cannon…”
But later he added: “OK. Man or mouse. Alright, you’ve challenged me to this. I suppose I’m going to have to do it now. I’m doing this unfortunately from off-base, so I can see all my poor press people are going to be tearing their hair out. Never mind, it’s got to be done. Thanks for that one, Ferrari!”
Hear the interview in full:
It’s the can’t miss event of the summer. Charity auction for the right to be the person who points the hose, anyone?
by Guy Parsons.