Ken Livingstone's grandiose and expensive plans to send a double decker London bus by road to Beijing have been kicked into touch by the London Olympics organising committee.
Ostensibly the ban was in response to the earthquake in China.
The trip, which was to be undertaken by eight drivers at a cost of £450K, was considered to be unsafe and in bad taste, given the scale of the recent disaster in China.
However, given that Boris Johnson the new mayor had denounced it during the election campaign as a publicity stunt and a "ludicrous waste of public money", the decision to ban it was regarded by his aides as a "happy coincidence".
Unfortunately, taxpayers will still pay more than half the bill for the project because of the expense incurred in planning the journey and hiring bus drivers.
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