London mayor Boris Johnson has been filmed telling a taxi driver to “f*** off and die” in a late night argument on a London street.
Johnson was cycling down the street when the passing driver shouted at home, accusing him of decimating the city’s iconic black cab industry. He shouted at the mayor: “You’re one of them mate. That’s what you are. One of them.”
Boris then stopped his bike and shouted back: “Why don’t you f*** off and die, why don’t you f*** off and die – and not in that order.”
The cabbie responds: “Yeah bollocks, I hope you die.”
The video was posted on the Sun Nation website, which quotes a source close to the mayor as saying: “Boris has dozens of chance conversations with Londoners every week. Many are productive and friendly, some are colourful, I know most end happily. I believe this particular cabbie however is a serial heckler.”
The General Secretary of the Licenced Taxi Drivers Association also played down the spat, saying: “They are two grown men and it was the middle of the night so there were no kids around – I don’t think much harm was done.
“I don’t suppose that the cabbie went home that night and cried himself to sleep.”
Johnson’s second term as mayor will come to an end next year and he is not seeking re-election. He was elected to Parliament at last month’s General Election and widely tipped as a potential future Conservative leader and Prime Minister.