Boris Johnson: I'm more likely to be reincarnated as an olive than be PMReported by Metro.co.uk on Tuesday, 5 June 2012 (on June 5, 2012)
*Boris Johnson is not planning to take over No.10 any time soon – and claims to have more chance of ‘being reincarnated as an olive’ than becoming prime minister.
Boris Johnson doesn't fancy his chances of becoming prime minister (Picture: Getty)
The London mayor shared his thoughts while being quizzed by crowds at the Hay Festival on Saturday.
Although the 47-year-old said his ambition was for ‘all taxis to be zero carbon by 2020’, he insisted that leading the Tory party was not on the agenda.
He added: ‘As I never tire of saying, my chances of becoming prime minister are only slightly better than being decapitated by a frisbee, blinded by a champagne cork, locked in a fridge or being reincarnated as an olive.
‘I have a mandate for four years [as the mayor of London]. I have a huge amount of work to do and I’ve got to get on with it.’
Mr Johnson was in the Welsh town to talk about his new book on the history of London. While some questioned how the mayor could spare the time to pop down during the Queen’s hectic diamond jubilee weekend, he assured the audience he would be heading straight back to the capital.
During the event, Mr Johnson was asked about the forthcoming Olympics and admitted that its success so far was ‘slightly boggling’.
After revealing he will attend a basketball and beach volleyball event, he added: ‘Middle England has fallen in love with the Olympics – and Wales!’
Later, the mayor was quizzed about the ‘tough’ situation in Greece and controversially advised that the country should ditch the euro.
He also told the audience he did not support the ‘vexatious’ strikes by London Underground workers and said he would like to see ‘thresholds established to prevent that sort of action’.
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