“London: one of the most exciting games of Monopoly ever played” – Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson extends his Monopoly metaphor. “There are people in this room who can genuinely claim that they have got Park Lane,” thunders Johnson. “Who’s got Piccadilly? Yes, Land Securities…And who’s got the Old Kent Road? And why not? My friends, that’s my message to you. We’re going to need a bigger revised Monopoly board for London.”

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The ‘council house boy’ and his very British ballots

After his election in 2016, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan – the ‘council house boy’ – faces growing demands from council estate residents – threatened by ‘regeneration’ schemes – to be granted a real voice and a decisive vote on whether their homes are demolished or not. 

Finally, two years later, Mayor Khan introduces ballots but it’s a concession laden with conditions. Resident campaigners suspect Khan has ensured ‘regeneration’ deceits lurk in the details of these very British ballots.

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