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What’s Lord Adonis up to?

19 February 2014

Lucky Lord Adonis has spent the last few days travelling around London by bus as part of his ‘London By Bus’ campaign. He’s been chatting to commuters and sharing interesting facts like bus route 25 carries 64,000 passengers a day which is equivalent to the population of Crewe. As the picture above shows, he’s setting the town on fire.

Now, I’m sure that his lordship takes his role as Shadow Infrastructure Minister very seriously (who wouldn’t); but is there more at play here? The sheer volume of pictures of him meeting concerned parties and pointing at various things might indicate the imminent launch of an election campaign.

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Mr S has noted Adonis’s interest in City Hall before – and, with his transport expertise, he would be a fascinating candidate. But, as I said over Christmas: ‘His ghostly pallor, baldness and arachnid frame do not exactly scream of electability’. Maybe the lanky lord realises this; as he put it to my colleague Sebastian Payne at the end of last year: ‘All I’m doing is contributing to a debate on the policies we are going to need post-Boris.’ That is hardly a call to arms.

But, then again, perhaps Lord Adonis has another job in mind? It has not gone unnoticed, to Mr Steerpike at least, that the role of head of Transport for London will soon be up for grabs. What more could a transport wonk want than a train set with a £9bn budget?

Pic source: @Andrew_Adonis.

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  • mdj

    Surely if taking a London bus is a newsworthy event in this man’s life, he’s not qualified for whatever office he’s pretending not be running for?

  • roma1950

    there is a website dedicated to the korean leader which shows him ‘pointing’ at things.perhaps someone should do one for Adonis.he should really change his is only skin deep.but ugliness goes through to the bone.

  • Frank

    “Transport expertise”??? He was a journalist, then a government adviser on education, then made a peer so that he could serve for 1 year as transport secretary. He did get elected as a councillor in Oxford, so standing for election as the Mayor of London should be a walk in the park! He does however love getting his opinions into the media, for which we, the nation, are extremely grateful.

  • Daniel Maris

    Perhaps he’s trying to show the chances of someone attempting to strangle you with a scarf, beat you up for asking them to desist from ringing the bell, or subjecting you to a prolonged 20 minute assault at the back of the bus is very remote. Mind you he looks like he’s been through a mangle so who knows?

    Just to note, the guys who beat up their fellow passenger received no custodial sentence.

    Thanks once again to our valiant judges who are fearless in defence of the scum.

  • telemachus

    Andrew would be a major asset to the Mayor’s office
    We are tired of the straw head buffoon

    • Alexsandr

      but where would he get his electoral expertise? Managed to get in the last government having never won an election.
      And what is it with politicians with buses? They are horrid things and I hate traveling on them.

      • mightymark

        I never quite understand the objection to non elected people joining a government. In the US an elected congressman is excluded from a role in the executive. OK, that is not our rule but it suggests that non elected Ministers are hardly incompatible with democracy. And there are many who think thee way we allocate portfolios – often (usually!?) to those who have no expertise in the field whatsoever is especially daft.

        The overwhelming majority of minsiters are always going to be from among MPs because that – for good or ill – is how our system works, partly because the “spoils” are what weld parties – both (sometimes incompatible) personalities and factions – together. The fact that there are so few non elected Ministers suggests they are not a major factor – and often their inexperience of the Parliamentary/Political systems lead to their failure. In fact I don’t think that can be said of Andrew Adonis – one of whose civil servants I briefly was. Maybe the practice should be regularised by insisitng on a maximum number available to any PM but this sort of sniping at them is just wrong.

        • Frank

          I do not have a problem with a certain percentage of Ministers being appointed (without having been elected) but they must have demonstrable expertise in their ministerial brief. I objected to Adonis (who I accept is probably a very decent man) because he did not seem to have the required level of expertise to be made transport secretary as against a role in the Dept of Education (possibly).

    • tjamesjones

      well then @telemachuss:disqus you shouldn’t have voted for him should you

  • swatnan

    Obviously his campaign as Lib Dem Mayor for London has begun.

  • dmitri the impostor

    Anyone who gives two stools about this drivel has my gracious permission to drop that cyanide capsule now.

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