Many politicians have had a baptism by fire during a difficult radio interview.
But Boris Johnson, eager to outdo them all, has chosen baptism by water cannon.
Fresh from splashing out £130,000 on anti-riot equipment that isn’t approved for use in Britain, the mayor of London has agreed to be sprayed by water cannon – on camera – to prove they are safe.
He was initially reluctant to make this grand gesture when asked during a radio phone-in, saying: ‘I’m not sure whether I want to stand in front of a water cannon, I haven’t done anything to deserve it.’
But after a few moments’ consideration, he came round to the idea, telling LBC host Nick Ferrari: ‘OK – man or mouse. All right, you’ve challenged me to this. I suppose I’m going to have to do it now.
‘I can see all my poor press people are going to be tearing their hair out.’
It is unclear whether Mr Johnson will go as far to wear a bright yellow fisherman’s oilskin and sou’wester to protect himself from the powerful jet, which has blinded some protesters in other countries.
Water cannon has never been used on the streets of Britain. Amid repeated requests from police, home secretary Theresa May is due to assess the potential health and safety implications attached to their use.
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11 June 2014 | 10:33 pm – Source: metro.co.uk