The mayor of London, Boris Johnson. ‘He looks a frightful twerp.’

Bravo, Michele Hanson! Hear, hear!

Of course, she’s only echoing what This Writer published at the weekend, but the support is welcome.

What a bizarre campaign Clean for the Queen is. This week, we’re to be encouraged to scurry about, voluntarily tidying up the country for her 90th birthday. But does she approve or even know it’s going on? Will she even notice? Because our monarch doesn’t often go out in your average street, let alone the grubbier ones.

There will be “litter-picking events in your constituency”, and Michael Gove and Boris Johnson have been posing in purple, clutching litter-picking equipment, to publicise events. They do look frightful twerps.

Not that I disapprove of tidying up our filthy, stinking streets, and I sympathise with this latest effort to do so by Keep Britain Tidy, but even though litter has increased 500% since the 60s, I would stoically wade forever through streets knee-deep in dreck, rather than do as I’m told by those two pompous turncoats.

This has been the trouble with our tidy-up efforts all along – the calibre of the creatures asking us to do it. We have a history of ghastly boss-pots heading these campaigns: Thatcher, Richard Branson and Lady Porter, who also cleaned up Westminster by cleansing away council housing and the homeless, and several millions of pounds, which she tidied into her own pocket. I would rather swim in sewage than obey any of them.

Source: I would rather swim in sewage than Clean for the Queen | Michele Hanson | Life and style | The Guardian

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