Boris Johnson has volunteered to be blasted by a water cannon. The Mayor of London was challenged over their safety, and replied: "Man or mouse. You’ve challenged me, so I suppose I’m going to have to do it now."
London Assembly's Labour group has branded Boris Johnson's authorisation of controversial water cannon as 'reckless'. The Mayor has announced plans to buy three water cannon which he says would be used in a similar situation to the 2011 riots -
before the Home Secretary has licensed them for use in the capital. Labour says neither the Mayor nor the Metropolitan Police has so far made a case for using water cannon. Joanne McCartney AM, London Assembly Labour Police and Crime spokesperson said:
“I’m deeply concerned that the Mayor is rushing the purchase of water cannon without a proper public debate. There is still confusion over the reasons behind the purchase of water cannon and exactly how the process of their deployment will work.
"To rush this through is typical of Boris’ slapdash approach to issues of crucial importance to Londoners. It is telling that 20 out of 25 Assembly Members - from all parties - voted against their purchase earlier this year."_
The Mayor's Office has confirmed Boris Johnson authorised the highly-controversial purchase of water cannon - despite not yet getting the go-ahead from the Home Secretary.
City Hall says buying the German vehicles now will mean savings of £2.3million compared to buying new water cannon and ensures they are ready as soon as possible'.
London mayor Boris Johnson announces he's buying three German water cannon even before the Home Secretary approves them. @itvlondon