The Mayor of London's latest radio appearance saw him leave the door open to making a bid for Parliament at next year's General Election.
Not on the same scale as "desolate", but the Tories might want to find some more positive "D" words to describe The North.
A politician once noted for his pointed interventions has been rather well-behaved of late. You'd almost think there had been a deal.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has dismissed Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as a "lapdog of David Cameron," describing his role in Government as "decorative".
Accusing the Liberal Democrat leader of holding the Government back from "sensible" policies, the Conservative mayor made clear he looks forward to the day when the coalition is no longer necessary, telling reporters: "The sooner we are shot of the great yellow albatross the better."
Previous exchanges between the pair havebeen more tongue-in-cheek, but when he was reminded of them at aWestminster lunch, Mr Johnson needed littlegoading to give his opinion.
"I don't want to cast aspersions on my fellow err... what is he... he's a radio disc jockey now, isn't he?" said Mr Johnson.
"I'm sure he has many, many important ceremonial duties. He is a sort of lapdog of David Cameron who's been converted by taxidermy into a kind of protective shield, like the Emperor Valerian who was skinned and hung on the wall. That's what he reminds me of.
"He is a very, very decorative part of the constitution.
"Insofar as he fulfils any function at all, it is to stop sensible policy being promulgated by this Government, as far as I can make out. That's basically what he does.
"The sooner we are shot of the great yellow albatross, in my view, the better."
London Mayor Boris Johnson has said that a new airport in the Thames Estuary - so-called Boris Island - would cost far less than is claimed in today's Airports Commission report.
According to the report, the scheme could cost between £82 billion and £112 billion and would result in airport charges around three times higher than those projected for Heathrow.
Johnson insisted the total cost would be around £50 billion - £20 billion for transport links and £30 billion for the facility itself, which he predicted could be funded from private investment.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson is likely to have raised the ire of Liverpudlians yet again after claiming it was London, not Liverpool, that propelled The Beatles to worldwide fame.
"The greatest band in the world came from Liverpool, but in the end they recorded their stuff in London and it was London that helped propel them around the world," Johnson said during a speech at the London School of Economics entitled "London, the gateway to Britain."
Mr Johnson has been forced to apologise to the people of Liverpool in the past after suggesting Liverpool football fans were partly to blame for the Hillsborough disaster and claiming locals "wallow" in their "victim status", following the murder of contractor Ken Bigley in Iraq.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela who has died at the age of 95.
A great heart is stilled. No statesman in history can match him for resilience, grace and forgiveness. Nelson Mandela, icon of our age.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has said that people should "stop bashing" the super-rich.
In his column for the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson compared them to hard-pressed minorities such as the homeless or Irish travellers for the unfounded vitriol they receive.
He said: "We should be offering them humble and hearty thanks.
"The top one per cent of earners now pay 29.8 per cent of all the income tax and National Insurance received by the Treasury."
Boris Johnson has questioned whether burqas should be allowed in British classrooms and courts, but stopped short of suggesting a ban altogether.
The debate into the full-face veil has reopened after terror suspect Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed managed to evade surveillance by leaving a London mosque wearing a burqa that covered his face and body.
"I certainly think it's a bit much to ask teachers or judges to deal with people who have their faces covered," he told listeners to his regular phone-in on LBC.
"That seems to me to not be how we do things in this country and it is absolutely reasonable to say that face veils, burkas, whatever, should not be acceptable in state-funded classrooms in this country and nor should they be acceptable in the system of British justice."
However, the London Mayor stated his belief that authorities should not ban items of dress altogether, and suggested that you "might as well ban balaclavas and ski masks" if the burqa was banned.
London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for tougher controls over terror suspects after the "absurd" escape of Mohammed Ahmed Mohammed who managed to evade surveillance by wearing a burqa.
Mr Johnson told LBC radio that it was clear that Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Tpims) were not working as they should if a "fellow can get into a burqa and evade his invigilators".
The mayor said it was clear to him - though unconfirmed by the police - that Mohamed had been able to contact supporters to help him escape, despite being under the order.
"This guy Mohamed was obviously helped to escape. I don't believe for a minute that he did it on his own. He was in contact with people who are sympathisers."
"Characters such as him - and even if he doesn't pose an immediate threat to this country, it is plain he is a danger - should be more closely invigilated than they currently are and I am sure that is a point that Theresa May will be taking up very actively."
Mr Johnson blamed "coalition politics" for watering down the previous control order system and urged Home Secretary Theresa May to be tough with the Liberal Democrats over the policy.
Boris Johnson has expressed frustration at the drawing out of the HS2 project timescale.
The Mayor of London wrote in The Telegraph that China built its own high-speed rail in just two years.
Meanwhile, he said, Labour are delaying the project further by "shamelessly courting the sceptic vote".