Okay, so he does his daily commute by bike, but you’d still expect Boris Johnson to be able to tell you the price of a tube ticket.
However, on the same day he announced next year’s admittedly not-too-apocalyptic transport prices, the Mayor was left mumbling into some paperwork when an LBC presenter asked him to recall the cash fare for a single Zone 1 journey.
If you’ve left your headphones at home, Bozza’s answer goes something like this:
Oh blimey… I’ve got the figures here. If you get a… if you get a… Yeah yeah yeah wait a minute. If you’ve got your Oyster card I think it’s gone up to £2… £2.10 is it? Uhhh… I use the Oyster card because…. Always use your Oyster card! I’ll give you… I can give you – d’you want me to recite… Where’s the, where’s the someone give me my… herewegoherewegoherewego here’s the whole list HERE we go HEEEERE we go, okay. Right. Here we go. If you want a one-way ticket… Oh god… um… cash single. A cash single is… it is currently… in zones 1-7 it is £6.70. Can that be right? Well that’s what it says here. That seems unbelievably expensive to me – that’s outrageous. That cannot possibly be right. Wait wait wait… folks – who’s drawn up this useless chart? *DEEP GROWLING* OH ZONE ONE HERE WE GO £4.50!
Get the full lowdown on 2014’s fares here (feel free to forward it on to Boris if you’ve got his email address).