Speaking after Danuta Huebner, the Polish EU Commissioner for Regional Policy (who gave bureaucratic lecture of mind-numbing stupefaction on the virtues of ERDF as a politically-correct means of social engineering), the Mayor electrified (and/or woke up) the audience with a stream of consciousness which certainly (and perhaps fortunately) went over Ms. Huebner's head.
Starting with a review of the the bounty of the Roman Imperium in endowing, when the Emperor visited them, outlying parts of the Empire with architecture such as 'arenas in which thousands of Christians were massacred', he then commented that all the Romans left us with was a wall, 'but at least it kept the Scots out'. The ERDF, as the bounty of the contemporary Imperium, offered some improvement on this. However there remained a serious shortfall between Britain's contribution to the EU budget and its benefits, not least because of the iniquities of the CAP; the Mayor opined that the remedying of this should be left to Gordon Brown who in years of opposition had railed against this gap with a 'Thatcherian' intensity. He stated his hope that the ERDF would provide support for the Mayoral policy of developing London as a centre for eco-technology, and (apparently) committed London to backing a 'new generation of electric car' so that he could replace his Toyota 4x4. He finally commented on Ms. Huebner's mention of the new EU initiative JESSICA [Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas], suggesting that she (Jessica) would in future be the most important political female in London, as Gordon had fallen out with Prudence.
As most of the audience were public and 'voluntary' (i.e. grant-aided) sector drones dependent on Ms. Huebner's handouts, they seemed somewhat agonised. The rest of us were greatly heartened by - what is perhaps unknown in the experience of Ms. Huebner - a politician with a sense of history, a sense of objectives, and a sense of humour.