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5 April 2016

Watch: Zac Goldsmith’s lack of London knowledge in quick-fire cab interview

He's clearly not a QPR fan. And doesn't use the Central Line much.

By media mole

If you’re running for mayor of London, you must prepare for two things. The first is harnessing a £17bn annual budget to shape the future of one of the world’s greatest cities. The second is being tripped up by pesky journalists springing questions on you about London trivia. If it is becoming increasingly clear that Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith hasn’t properly planned for the former, he’s certainly failed to anticipate the latter. He didn’t even sit down and learn the Central Line off by heart, for god’s sake. That’s one of the easy ones.

Here he is, being torn apart in the back of a black cab by evil BBC correspondent-cum-cabbie Norman Smith. Your mole particularly enjoys his classic Panicked Politician’s Answer to the question about which stop comes after Tottenham Court Road – pointed finger, eyes wide, “I’m going to stop you there . . . No, I want to answer this one . . . “

From the Victoria Derbyshire Programme, BBC Two

Come on, Norman. Zac usually takes a taxi, or rides a golden swan, or hires a stretch hummer for him and his buddies so that they can play Pitbull’s Hotel Room and yell at passersby from the sunroof, when travelling from Bond Street to Holborn. So how on earth would he know the order of the stops in between?

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