In a speech at the launch of the London Housing Design Guide this week, our â€œsexier than Johnny Deppâ€? Mayor managed to offend a class of individuals who have thus far fallen under his radar. (Falling under the radar wasnâ€™t terribly difficult for these folk, admittedly, being as they are between two and four feet tall).
â€œFor too long we have built homes to indecently poor standards – fit neither for Bilbo Baggins nor his hobbit friends – and that is indefensible. The finest city in the world deserves the finest housing for its inhabitants….â€? announced Bozza at the conference in Croydon.
Considering that the hobbits ultimately saved Middle Earth by defeating Suaron and his evil hordes, claiming that London housing â€œwasnâ€™t fit for hobbitsâ€? â€“ and the intimation that they are somehow a lesser race than the humans living in Londonâ€™s substandard housing â€“ no doubt caused offence to these Halflings, had anyone been able to find one for comment.
To be fair to Bilbo Baggins, he had a beautiful garden and considering Borisâ€™ first key design aim is to â€œfocus on the spaces between and around buildingsâ€? he and the Design Guide could well learn a few lessons from the housebuilding policy of Tolkienâ€™s favourite race.