One would not really expect the Conservitvie Mayor of London and leading Conservitive figure to attack a Conservative lead coalition on the subject of cutting benefits, but this is Boris Johnson. Boris claimed there was a 'kosovo-style social cleansing' of London referring to the possibility of 82,000 households being evicted under the new spending cuts.
His voice joins the Lib-dems that are already mounting pressure on the top of the coalition to re-think their plans to cut
It could be a carefully planned political move, if Boris distances himself from the coalition he labelled himself 'hero' of the poor succoring his place as mayor of London. Its also a good Mr Johnson is also differentiating him from David Cameron, which could come in handy if he is involved in a Conservative leadership contest in future, which is likely.
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Downing street didn't hesitate to fire back. Boris Johnson recieved heavy critism from the top, his claims being dismissed. Infact Boris retracked his statements to a degree saying they were 'taken out of context'. Dispite this who knows if Boris and Daves relationship will see any more bumps in the near future.