You wonder what on-looking Cameroons are making of it all. Many Tories that I speak to think that Boris has done a decent enough job of implementing a waste-cutting agenda, and of showing that costs can be cut without negatively impacting services. They welcome this, as it's another bit of supporting evidence for their own public spending programme. But the developing brouhaha over these fare increases today hints at the difficulties the Tories may face to sell tax increases in government, even when considerable savings are being made via spending cuts. How Boris deals with the problem, and how Londoners respond – whether they share in the "We're all in this together" spirit – could give the Tory leadership a few pointers for forthcoming battles.