The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is in New York City to promote his new book, Johnson‚??s Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World.
Appearing on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Johnson made an extraordinary offer, with tongue planted firmly in cheek: ‚??Refugees from the Soda Tyranny in New York will have sanctuary in London.‚?Ě
This is a reference to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‚??s weird declaration of war upon soda, and certain other sugary beverages, served in containers larger than 16 ounces.¬† ‚??If you do wish to come and drink Coca-Cola from a 16 ounce pot,‚?Ě Johnson assured his audience, they would be welcome.
I‚??m not sure if ‚??pot‚?Ě is a slang term for large bottles, or if they‚??re actually swilling Coke from huge metal pots in London these days. ¬†It’s possible the Mayor was still thinking about the question Stewart posed to him about an entirely different sort of “pot” at the beginning of the interview.¬† England is a strange land, filled with disappearing phone booths, schools for wizards, and other exotic delights.
Perhaps New Yorkers could aspire to greater liberty by replacing the Falkland Islands as a British territory.
(Note: click here to see the interview, if you have trouble viewing the embedded video below.)