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With Every Heatwave, an Excuse for Londoners to Curse Boris Johnson

The former mayor’s pet project is currently driving bus passengers mad.
Boris Johnson promoting the New Routemaster on an Asian sales tour in 2013. The tour failed to secure a single order.
Boris Johnson promoting the New Routemaster on an Asian sales tour in 2013. The tour failed to secure a single order.Siu Chiu/Reuters

Former London mayor Boris Johnson may have moved on from merely embarrassing the U.K’s capital to making the entire country squirm as its Foreign Secretary, but he’s left one legacy that is currently driving people across London insane: the Boris Bus.

You see, this week London has been sweltering in temperatures that have pushed close to 32 degrees Celsius, or 90 degrees Fahrenheit. That may be positively wintry compared to parts of the U.S. right now, but it’s pretty hot for a breezy North Atlantic island where air conditioning is rare. In a country where people complain about any weather as instinctively as a knee jerks when hit with a mallet, this would always pose a challenge. But right now the hottest place in London isn’t some sun-scorched paving stone. Instead, it’s the non-air conditioned upper deck of the bus style commissioned—nay, actively promoted—by none other than Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. Welcome to Boris’s very own mobile oven.