Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

A message from Boris Johnson:

There are those who say we should look ahead to 2009 with foreboding. I want to quote Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now when he says "Someday captain, this war is going to end", and someday, this recession is going to end.

We can speed the demise of this recession if we all help the poorest in our community and if we make the vital investment that we need in our mass transit system and in fighting crime, so that London emerges at the end better placed to compete and entrenched in its position as the greatest city on earth.

We are going to be working flat out at City Hall to achieve that. Let's go forward into 2009 with enthusiasm and purpose. I wish you a very happy New Year.

Boris then went on to take the Gloomadon Poppers to task for suggesting that we halt the fireworks because they sent the wrong message in a time of austerity. Not being much of a gloomadon popper myself, I feel he was exactly right. The firework display is a showpiece for London, sending a positive message around the world that this is The Place to do business, visit on holiday, and of course, live.

I join the Mayor in wishing you all a very happy, and prosperous, 2009.


AdamB said...

Simon Milton won't be very pleased to hear you calling him a Gloomadon Popper!

Best Wishes for the year Roger.

Roger Evans said...

Thank you Adam, the best wishes are returned, of course.

And thank you for posting the video of the New Year celebrations. It looked like a fantastic event and I'm really sorry I couldn't be there.

That 'cheerometer' looks like it could be a good replacement for electronic counting in 2012 - certainly quicker...