I got this letter of Boris in the post today: Hello Folks, Every morning I wake up with a sense of awe and wonderment that I have been London Mayor for 7 months now. I imagine many other Londoners do too! It's been a fantastic year, and I am proud to have made several changes in London since I was elected. Casting our minds back to this time last year..... - Your views remained ignored on the western extension of the congestion charge. I abided by the result of the new consultation, and it will be removed. - You were still paying Â£3 million per year for âThe Londonerâ- Ken Livingstoneâs propaganda sheet. This has been scrapped, and the money re-invested in 10,000 street trees and sprucing up ten London parks. - You still had a Mayor who thought crime wasnât an issue. I have put extra police on the buses, put youth crime at the top of my agenda and banned alcohol on public transport. - You still had a Mayor who increased council tax by 152%, a figure that was set to rise. I will freeze council tax next year, because the last thing politicians should do during tough economic times is increase tax. I am particularly proud that veterans are now able to travel for free on public transport. From January 1st, pensioners will be able to use their Freedom Pass before 9.30am. And next year, 80 bendy buses will start their new life in Scandinavian airports. Looking to 2009, I intend to do all in my power to support Londoners through tough economic times, and get our city through the crisis. I have already approved a Â£23 million package to give vital help to small businesses; more support for tourism, upon which many jobs rely, and a continued focus on delivering vital engineering projects- all creating thousands of jobs. In the spirit of ensuring every penny of your money is spent wisely, Iâve set about making savings at City Hall. Iâve stopped spending millions on preparing for transport projects that were never fully funded; saved Â£160,000 by scrapping the ludicrous âbus to Beijingâ and cut the City Hall media budget by 20%. I will keep you updated throughout next year on what Iâm doing for you. For those of you who live in London, I will be coming to your area more often; I have increased the amount of public Q&A sessions from 2 to 6 every year. As for the case of fine wine left in the Mayorâs office by the previous incumbent- sadly that remains mostly in tact! For now, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you and your family a Happy New Year. All the best, Boris How nice!