Continuing with my recent trend of not posting anything of any great substance here (sorry – thank goodness for the others, eh?), just thought I’d give you a tip-off that next Monday, 30 March, at 8pm BST, Channel 4 will be screening an hour-long Dispatches programme called The Trouble With Boris, which their web site describes thus:

As the first anniversary of Boris Johnson’s election as Mayor of London approaches, Dispatches takes a look at his first 11 months in office to find out where he is taking the nation’s capital in the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

After a shaky start and a spate of high-profile resignations – including that of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair – Mayor Johnson has seemingly confounded his critics and made good progress at City Hall. But does he have a strategy to take London forward as the capital faces economic crisis?

Reporter Antony Barnett examines some of Boris’ big ideas – including building a new international airport, introducing a cycle-hire scheme to the capital, getting rid of bendy buses, protecting the capital’s skyline, cutting down on public waste and making his mayoralty more open and accountable. All very well, but are they coherent and achievable?

Not sure where they get the idea that he has “seemingly confounded his critics and made good progress at City Hall” – has anyone noticed much in the way of progress? But I suppose it makes a good set-up line for the subsequent paragraph that leads in to what I hope will be a decent examination of, well, just the sort of stuff that we, Adam, Dave et al spend most of our blogging time examining. The title of the programme and sinister music in the trailer suggest that they’re going to be quite critical – or perhaps just that they want to pull in loads of viewers by overplaying how critical they’re going to be.

Antony Barnett’s not someone I’ve come across before – have you? – but he sounds to have a decent enough CV from a quick Google – e.g. this Press Gazette summary when he got the Dispatches gig a couple of years ago – so fingers crossed for a decent analysis.

(Mind you, if Sandler151 had his way, even Andrew Gilligan would appear to have an unblemished CV from a quick Google, so we’ll see…)

Unfortunately I probably won’t be able to see the programme myself for a while after it’s broadcast (slinging it to France isn’t really the best use of an hour of my holiday). Do let me know if I’m missing anything.

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