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Boris Johnson to be blasted with water cannon

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities

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Boris Johnson has agreed to be blasted with a water cannon.

The London mayor, famous for his buffoonery, accidentally committed himself to being struck with the weapon during an interview on LBC radio.

Questioned on why he had authorised the police to purchase three second-hand water cannon trucks from Germany, despite huge questions hanging over their safety, the bungling official said: “I’m certainly prepared to do anything to show that they’re safe within reason. I’m not quite sure whether I want to stand in front of a water cannon.”

Goaded by interviewer Nick Ferrari, the mayor eventually said: “OK. Man or mouse. All right, you’ve challenged me to this. I suppose I’m going to have to do it now. I’m doing this unfortunately from off-base, so I can see all my poor press people are going to be tearing their hair out. Never mind, it’s got to be done."

Back in February, a German who was blinded by a water cannon during a protest in Stuttgart four years ago came to London to lobby the mayor against bringing the devices to the capital.

Dietrich Wagner's eyeballs fell out of their sockets after the water cannon tore his eyelids and fractured his bone sockets.

During his appearance in London, Mr Wagner, 69, said of water cannons: "It's not a democratic tool. It's a tool of violence."

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