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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day         Leslie Monk

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Spend For London

3 August 2011

Dear Boris

This is the first time you have written to me, and I can see that you want me to help you become mayor, for a second term.

Like you, I am in favour of stimulating the economy with public investment, particularly since the bankers have gone on strike.

As you know bankers have a function and some would say a duty to invest in business, but have instead stashed the cash away.

Boris, we are brand new friends so I don't want to appear cynical but if the Banks are handed cash from the public purse, they would seem to have made the best windfall imaginable.  Why would they feel inclined to share that windfall with the rest of us and take an unnecessary risk, particularly when they have been accused of being reckless. This would seem to be a no-brainer.

Yes, there are rules that determine that banks must invest the bail-out money they have received, but why would bankers not simply take the flack, pay their bonuses, and say they did their best.

Some of my friends are bankers. This is not a crusade but an attempt to understand what is going on, and why you have written to me in this strange non Conservative way.

In the spirit of our new comradeship, good on you Boris for recognising and endorsing the grand projects, like Crossrail and the Olympics, without which we would suffer “cryogenic paralysis” (I have to admit that I had to google that phrase of yours, and also the unusual Etonian usage of , “metropolises”). Yes, we must save the metropolis with the stimulus of public investment, to avoid “financial meltdown”.

But is this really Conservative Party policy?

And I am not all sure that you have done all what you have described and saved £2.4 Billion. I think you might be a touch extravagant with d'actualité. Pardon my French.

I am happy to pick up the phone to make a few calls to tell voters what I think about your achievements. You may rely on that.

Your New Best Friend, Leslie

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From Boris Johnson

Dear Leslie,

In less than a year's time the people of London go to the polls to vote for their Mayor again. Just three years ago I proudly remember how we stood shoulder to shoulder across Britain taking on the might of Labour's political machine. Together we celebrated with David Cameron after routing Labour, Ken Livingstone and his merry men from London.

As the world's great cities recover from the financial meltdown, decisions made now will define those metropolises for years to come.

That is why, whichever part of the country you live in, we need you to help us shape Greater London and our country's future. Your support is vital to ensure that London is not dragged backwards under Ken and driven deeper into deficit by Labour.

It will not be an easy road. Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has called it 'the most important election in the next 3 years', while Ken, marching alongside Bob Crow and the unions bosses, is casting himself as the standard bearer for Labour's attempted march back to No 10. There is no doubt that from now until the 3rd May 2012 Ed, Ken and their union backers will throw every resource into wresting back control of our capital.

But with your help we can stop them in their tracks. By simply picking up your phone and making a few calls to voters in London telling them of what we have achieved at City Hall you can help us drive London forward.

While there remains more to be done I am confident in our record at City Hall and proud of how far we have come since I became Mayor in 2008.

Forging a first rate team at City Hall we have fought to cement London's position as one of the best places in the world to live and do business. We have cut waste, frozen our share of your council tax and are making savings in the cost of London Government by £2.4billion. And, we've done all of this while delivering critical front line services. We have put more police on the streets bringing crime down by almost 9% and making London the safest it has been for over a decade. And we haven't stopped there. We are investing in our future with the biggest upgrade of London's transport for 80 years, including building Crossrail.

Oh, and did I mention that we are delivering the Olympics on time and on budget? Well, we are. The eyes of the world were firmly on Britain during the royal wedding. We passed that test with flying colours and we must do the same again next year when we host the greatest show on earth.

There is indeed much to look forward to. But we must not become complacent and forget the tough economic times we face. Yes, the Olympics will be a celebratory sporting extravaganza but they are also a symbol of Britain's growth which must span beyond the 29 days of the Games. Without them, our construction industry would have gone into cryogenic paralysis. But with them, we can continue to lead the way out of the recession by exploiting the economic power of the Games and ensuring a lasting legacy for all.

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London

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