Boris bounds in for a meet and greet

This Is Wiltshire: Boris Johnson Boris Johnson

ONE of the most famous faces in British politics visited Swindon yesterday to meet apprentices at Nationwide – and hailed the town’s Magic Roundabout a “curious masterpiece”.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who recently announced his intention to return to run as an MP in 2015, also spoke with staff members about the importance of the financial industry.

With the gusto he has become famous for, Mr Johnson took questions from a crowd of 2,000 workers who gathered in the atrium of the company’s headquarters.

Avoiding being pinned down on his future plans in politics, Mr Johnson insisted he was only in Swindon to speak about apprenticeships.

He said: “I am here because I was invited very kindly invited to talk to Nationwide about their apprenticeship scheme.

“This is a great financial institution which has contributed a great deal to our economy. They are proof that the financial sector is not just centred on the City of London.

“I am a big believer in the importance of apprentices. Just four or five years ago the word ‘apprentice’ conjured up images of workers in oily rags but that has changed completely because of companies like Nationwide.”

There has been much speculation over his future since Mr Johnson announced he was seeking to become an MP last month.

However, while full of praise for the town and the existing MPs, he denied the trip was part of a campaign.

He said: “Swindon is a great economic success story and I can see that with my own eyes. It manufactures cars and contributes to the financial economy.

“There is a strong focus on things which add to the country’s GDP and that is something which needs to be championed.

“There has been a big fall in unemployment in Swindon recently thanks to the hard work of the local MPs Justin Tomlinson and Robert Buckland and I am delighted to be able to support them.

“I like Swindon a great deal. I drove over the Magic Roundabout on the way here and I like it. It is a curious masterpiece.”

Almost every worker in the Nationwide headquarters came out to hear Boris speak about the importance of the apprenticeship programme.

Alison Robb, Nationwide’s Group Director of People, Customer, Communication and Commercial, said: “I’m always delighted when Nationwide receives the recognition it deserves and today’s visit by Boris Johnson has highlighted some real achievements that my colleagues and I are very proud of.

“Giving talented, young people the start they deserve through Nationwide’s highly successful apprenticeship programme is just one of these achievements.”

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7:23am Wed 3 Sep 14

Always Grumpy says...

This isn't like the Adver to repeat the same story!
This isn't like the Adver to repeat the same story! Always Grumpy
  • Score: 1

8:23am Wed 3 Sep 14

house on the hill says...

They should call it the Groundhog Adver!

What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.
They should call it the Groundhog Adver! What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option. house on the hill
  • Score: -7

11:34am Wed 3 Sep 14

GalaxyMan says...

house on the hill wrote:
They should call it the Groundhog Adver!

What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.
Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: They should call it the Groundhog Adver! What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.[/p][/quote]Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM. GalaxyMan
  • Score: 5

5:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

PJC says...

Phew! I was out of town in Oxford at the time...
Phew! I was out of town in Oxford at the time... PJC
  • Score: -1

8:26am Thu 4 Sep 14

Wildwestener says...

GalaxyMan wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
They should call it the Groundhog Adver!

What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.
Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.
That's not what all the bookies say.

Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.
[quote][p][bold]GalaxyMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: They should call it the Groundhog Adver! What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.[/p][/quote]Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.[/p][/quote]That's not what all the bookies say. Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that. Wildwestener
  • Score: 0

11:03am Thu 4 Sep 14

Sandor Clegane says...

Wildwestener wrote:
GalaxyMan wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
They should call it the Groundhog Adver!

What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.
Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.
That's not what all the bookies say.

Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.
Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems.

A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable.

Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020.

Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes.
[quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GalaxyMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: They should call it the Groundhog Adver! What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.[/p][/quote]Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.[/p][/quote]That's not what all the bookies say. Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.[/p][/quote]Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems. A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable. Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020. Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes. Sandor Clegane
  • Score: 11

12:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Cob4lt says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
Wildwestener wrote:
GalaxyMan wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
They should call it the Groundhog Adver!

What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.
Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.
That's not what all the bookies say.

Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.
Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems.

A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable.

Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020.

Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes.
'Red Miliband'?! As far as left, that muppet signing us up to another 5 years of austerity would be right at home in the tory party.

As far as 'back to square one', I have trouble believing we ever got to square 2; 5 years of moronic economic policy, charts that mislead people as to who's actually benefiting from this so called 'economic recovery', the selling off of state owned infrastructure at a fraction of it's actual value, the rolling back of the welfare state and services provided by it, the subsequent mass unemployment and record poverty and homelessness. not to mention the starting of the war before them, and the continuation and even warmongering for further conflict.

None of them represent what the majority of what people want, as is the point of government.

**** to the lots of them.
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GalaxyMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: They should call it the Groundhog Adver! What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.[/p][/quote]Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.[/p][/quote]That's not what all the bookies say. Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.[/p][/quote]Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems. A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable. Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020. Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes.[/p][/quote]'Red Miliband'?! As far as left, that muppet signing us up to another 5 years of austerity would be right at home in the tory party. As far as 'back to square one', I have trouble believing we ever got to square 2; 5 years of moronic economic policy, charts that mislead people as to who's actually benefiting from this so called 'economic recovery', the selling off of state owned infrastructure at a fraction of it's actual value, the rolling back of the welfare state and services provided by it, the subsequent mass unemployment and record poverty and homelessness. not to mention the starting of the war before them, and the continuation and even warmongering for further conflict. None of them represent what the majority of what people want, as is the point of government. **** to the lots of them. Cob4lt
  • Score: 0

12:30pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Cob4lt says...

Sandor Clegane wrote:
Wildwestener wrote:
GalaxyMan wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
They should call it the Groundhog Adver!

What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.
Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.
That's not what all the bookies say.

Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.
Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems.

A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable.

Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020.

Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes.
'Red Miliband'?! As far as left, that muppet signing us up to another 5 years of austerity would be right at home in the tory party.

As far as 'back to square one', I have trouble believing we ever got to square 2; 5 years of moronic economic policy, charts that mislead people as to who's actually benefiting from this so called 'economic recovery', the selling off of state owned infrastructure at a fraction of it's actual value, the rolling back of the welfare state and services provided by it, the subsequent mass unemployment and record poverty and homelessness. not to mention the starting of the war before them, and the continuation and even warmongering for further conflict.

None of them represent what the majority of what people want, as is the point of government.

**** to the lots of them.
[quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GalaxyMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: They should call it the Groundhog Adver! What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.[/p][/quote]Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.[/p][/quote]That's not what all the bookies say. Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.[/p][/quote]Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems. A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable. Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020. Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes.[/p][/quote]'Red Miliband'?! As far as left, that muppet signing us up to another 5 years of austerity would be right at home in the tory party. As far as 'back to square one', I have trouble believing we ever got to square 2; 5 years of moronic economic policy, charts that mislead people as to who's actually benefiting from this so called 'economic recovery', the selling off of state owned infrastructure at a fraction of it's actual value, the rolling back of the welfare state and services provided by it, the subsequent mass unemployment and record poverty and homelessness. not to mention the starting of the war before them, and the continuation and even warmongering for further conflict. None of them represent what the majority of what people want, as is the point of government. **** to the lots of them. Cob4lt
  • Score: 1

1:19pm Thu 4 Sep 14

messyits says...

Have no doubt--Boris is a very clever man and has made big changes in London--a unique character.
Have no doubt--Boris is a very clever man and has made big changes in London--a unique character. messyits
  • Score: -5

5:52pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Wildwestener says...

Cob4lt wrote:
Sandor Clegane wrote:
Wildwestener wrote:
GalaxyMan wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
They should call it the Groundhog Adver!

What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.
Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.
That's not what all the bookies say.

Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.
Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems.

A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable.

Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020.

Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes.
'Red Miliband'?! As far as left, that muppet signing us up to another 5 years of austerity would be right at home in the tory party.

As far as 'back to square one', I have trouble believing we ever got to square 2; 5 years of moronic economic policy, charts that mislead people as to who's actually benefiting from this so called 'economic recovery', the selling off of state owned infrastructure at a fraction of it's actual value, the rolling back of the welfare state and services provided by it, the subsequent mass unemployment and record poverty and homelessness. not to mention the starting of the war before them, and the continuation and even warmongering for further conflict.

None of them represent what the majority of what people want, as is the point of government.

**** to the lots of them.
I do tend to agree with your point here.

It does beg the the question though, if the majority actually want something else, why don't they take control and take it? Perhaps they are ok enough with what we have got as they are clearly not bothered enough to form new parties/stand for elections themselves, or in most cases even vote.

We get the politicians we deserve I fear
[quote][p][bold]Cob4lt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandor Clegane[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wildwestener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GalaxyMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: They should call it the Groundhog Adver! What is more concerning is that they talk of this bumbling fool being prime minister one day! Although looking at the alternatives he isn't the worst option.[/p][/quote]Happily there is little belief that the other bumbling fool Miliband will actually ever be PM.[/p][/quote]That's not what all the bookies say. Labour odds on to win election at moment with all of them. People defecting from Tory to UKIP only helping that.[/p][/quote]Labour will form the majority party in government next year, but only after a deal with the equally hapless LibDems. A real shame, as the coalitions economic recovery has been remarkable. Still, Labour will have another 5 years to mess things up again and we'll be back to square one in 2020. Can't wait to see Red Miliband stand up to ISIS. Which, of course, he won't. Can't risk the votes.[/p][/quote]'Red Miliband'?! As far as left, that muppet signing us up to another 5 years of austerity would be right at home in the tory party. As far as 'back to square one', I have trouble believing we ever got to square 2; 5 years of moronic economic policy, charts that mislead people as to who's actually benefiting from this so called 'economic recovery', the selling off of state owned infrastructure at a fraction of it's actual value, the rolling back of the welfare state and services provided by it, the subsequent mass unemployment and record poverty and homelessness. not to mention the starting of the war before them, and the continuation and even warmongering for further conflict. None of them represent what the majority of what people want, as is the point of government. **** to the lots of them.[/p][/quote]I do tend to agree with your point here. It does beg the the question though, if the majority actually want something else, why don't they take control and take it? Perhaps they are ok enough with what we have got as they are clearly not bothered enough to form new parties/stand for elections themselves, or in most cases even vote. We get the politicians we deserve I fear Wildwestener
  • Score: -1

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