According to the Evening Standard tonight the Mayor was very happy when a mystery bidder bid Â£195,000 towards his re-election campaign for a Banksy picture called Sketch for Essex Road.
The Mayor is reported to have said:
I suppose the artists are aware of what is happening. They recognise that if Boris gets in there will be barbarism, so they’re doing everything they can to help.
I don’t know how the Mayor thinks that this kind of statement has any resonance. Barbarism? You can call Boris and the Tories lots of things but barbaric is just silly.
Then again, didn’t the barbarians overrun decadent Rome? Decadent is a credible charge to level at City Hall right now.