Will Boris master?

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Boris Johnson, seen here with Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group which owns Optare parent Ashok Leyland, Gopichand Parmanand Hinduja

Our industry insider makes a welcome return at a time when threats to the bus industry have arguably never been more real

It has been a while since I have written my column, as I have awaited developments in politics and people, which along with the stem of the word ‘practical’ form the main thrust of what I have to say.

Literally, as I write, it has just been announced that Boris Johnson will be the country’s 77th Prime Minister.

Unusually, he does know a bit more about buses than your average politician, be it in the form of the model he gave the impetus to have designed for London or his cardboard cut-outs of buses with happy passengers made from redundant wine boxes, a personal pastime revealed more recently. Unfortunately, although he may be more supportive of buses and the mode than most MPs, his only direct experience of bus operation is with the failing Transport for London (TfL) model of franchising.

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