Blog: London Mayor offers sanctuary to New Yorkers wanting to avoid soft drinks ban

James Wilmore | 12 June 2012

You can usually rely on London Mayor Boris Johnson for a chuckle. And he's been at it again. 

BoJo, as he's affectionately known by some in England, has told New Yorkers they can move to London if they want to avoid the proposed ban on large soft drinks. 

In an appearance on satirical news programme The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Johnson said "refugees from the soda tyranny in New York will have sanctuary in London". 

He added: "I don't want to sound jingoistic, but if you do wish to come and drink soda from a 16oz pot, come to London. Bring your huddled masses yearning to break free."

However, BoJo admitted that obesity was a problem in both cities.  "The reality is we are all getting fatter. It is a problem in a city like London and it is a problem in New York.

"If you can stop kids getting fatter by restricting the size of the Coke they drink then why not?"

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