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The end of #AskBoris: The wackiest questions posed to Boris Johnson for final Twitter Q&A

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14 March 2016

Former deputy editor

With the London mayoral battle ongoing, Boris Johnson is preparing for a handover, which means the end of #AskBoris. His final Twitter Q&A session with the public has now taken place, so we’ve combed through the chaos to highlight the craziest questions he answered, and ignored, during the last social media confab.

Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith made his business pitch directly to Real Business readers in March as he attempts to grab power from Johnson. It followed our previous breakdown of what Goldsmith and his rival candidates had to say about supporting tech in the UK capital.

Of course, Johnson has been eager to push that particular industry with various crusades, the most recent of which arrived with the Mayor’s International Business Programme that plans to take 800 London tech SMEs overseas.

However, it’s Johnson’s non-business antics, like his wild rugby tackle of a small Japanese child, have resulted in him generating a Twitter following of more than 2m people – that’s over 600,000 more than prime minster David Cameron.

He’s become recognised for his monthly #AskBoris sessions on the social network, a time that provides an opportunity for serious political answers and debate – so naturally it usually results in Johnson being fired one bizarre enquiry after another.

Given that he’s ready to stand down from his role of London mayor, Johnson took his final #AskBoris session on 14 March, which will likely leave every Brit with a hankering for some light-hearted trolling with a heavy heart.

Here’s a rundown of what the public had to ask Johnson for the final edition…

On pollution…

On sport…

On Brexit…

On policing…

On the night tube…

With the night tube finally given the go ahead after months of embarrassing delays, Johnson was questioned on when the launch will actually take place – he dodged providing a specific answer and it didn’t go unnoticed.

On improving the tube…

On the future of Britain…

On perks of the job…

On failing the economy…

On bloodthirsty cab drivers…

On cuisine…

Wrapping up things, Johnson said…

But while he may have answered multiple outlandish questions, there were thousands that went unanswered – you’ll just have to imagine what answers he may have had lined up for…

Someone went down the multiple choice route to offer simplicity…

And, of course, no #AskBoris session would be complete without talk of his hairdo…

But no matter how bad it all seems for Johnson, let’s remember the feedback the public had for House of Fraser’s #Emojinal Valentine’s Day campaign.