However, there are a number of salient points that you won't read in the idolising of the Bouffant Buffoon's sanctity and rectitude:
- Ken was not actually in power as an elected Mayor of Greater London when he adopted the technique of paying himself through a company. He was not therefore paying 50p tax on his basic income, as the Mayor would be.
- Boris, on the other hand, earned MORE from extra-curricular activities as Mayor than he did from the public purse for carrying out duties that the more trusting amongst us might have regarded as a full-time job.
- If re-elected, Boris only pledged that all his future earnings from the Mayorality would be taxed through the normal pay-as-you-earn system (most employees' normal option). He was clear that his "journalism" and his other activities would continue to be channelled through the most tax-efficient means.
Livingstone stands accused of avoidance - but not avoiding paying tax on income provided by the public sector (after all, Boris is an employee of the state).
Boris should stand accused of dereliction of duty; or, if taking home £300,000 per annum on top of an already-bloated Mayoral salary does not indicate a lack of attention to his responsibilities, should announce he will do the job for nothing if re-elected. But the Tories attitude is that snouts in the trough are acceptable if they're attached to Bullingdon pigs.