|Sir Norman Wrassle|
Speaking at a hastily-convened press conference this morning, TMB chairman Sir Norman Wrassle said: "This is at least the fourth time in the last 5 years that Mr Johnson has used the word tripe in public to represent something of inferior quality. We think he's gone a step too far and it's time he put up or shut up."
Sir Norman said the Mayor's comments threatened to undermine the TMB's attempts to improve the image of tripe precisely at a time when there were signs it was being rehabilitated. He challenged Mr Johnson to a public debate, saying: "I am prepared to appear in a discussion with Mr Johnson on a radio show of his choice - although I would prefer BBC Radio Cumbria or Hereford & Worcester, which have both proved to be friendly to tripe in the past."