Ian O'Doherty: But Boris – we are all equal!
So, BoJo has once again managed to stick his size 13s into the doodoo. During a speech last week that seemed to be, to put it politely, a stream of consciousness, he pointed out that some people just aren't cut out for a cut-throat, competitive economy. In other words, full economic equality is neither desirable nor attainable.
Openly evoking the spirit of Gordon Gekko, the London mayor said that: "For one reason or another – boardroom greed or, as I am assured, the natural and God-given talent of boardroom inhabitants – the income gap between the top corn flakes and the bottom corn flakes is getting wider than ever."
He then added, for good measure: "I stress, I don't believe that economic equality is possible; indeed, some measure of inequality is essential for the spirit of envy and keeping up with the Joneses that is, like greed, a valuable spur to economic activity."