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    Boris in sleaze row over undeclared shareholding

    by Leon on 24th April, 2008 at 11:40 am    

    Oh dear, looks like Bojo has been a bit naughty:

    Boris Johnson faces the possibility of an inquiry by anti-sleaze watchdogs after failing to declare his shareholding in a television company.

    The Labour MP Karen Buck, called on the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner to investigate after it emerged that Mr Johnson did not register shares in Finland Station, for more than 18 months. Aides to the Tory candidate for London mayor said he had not declared his 33 per cent shareholding because of an “oversight” and they had now ensured the shareholding was registered.

    Ms Buck said: “Boris Johnson is trying to repackage himself as a serious and competent politician whilst claiming his failure to comply with rules on reporting these shareholdings to the parliamentary commission was simply an oversight. I am afraid this, once again, calls into question Boris Johnson’s competency for one of the most serious jobs in the country.”

    Oversight? I see…I wonder what the [media/blog] reaction would have been if this was about Ken Livingstone?

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    1. bananabrain — on 24th April, 2008 at 11:55 am  

      all the ken-haters would have gone “ooh, you see, cronyism and corruption, bendy buses and pigeon murdering” and all the ken-defenders wold have gone “ooh, but look at how progressive he is and besides, the bnp wants you to vote for boris”.

      presumably you meant something other than this, though?



    2. Roger — on 24th April, 2008 at 2:42 pm  

      Everyone- haters, admirers or indifferent- would be astonished Livingstone held shares in any company at all.

    3. cjcjc — on 24th April, 2008 at 4:27 pm  


      So Ken has no pension fund then?

      Let astonishment commence…

    4. cjcjc — on 24th April, 2008 at 5:14 pm  

      Ken won’t want to make too much of this, see below (though old I know):

      “Ken Livingstone has agreed to make a public apology to the House of Commons after being criticised over his failure to properly register outside interests worth more than £150,000.”


    5. cjcjc — on 24th April, 2008 at 5:15 pm  

      PS As I recall he made much of this writing restaurant reviews for, erm, the Evening Standard!

    6. billericaydicky — on 25th April, 2008 at 11:55 am  

      I don’t think this one is going anywhere, it’s old news and the Kenistas would have made something of it by now if there was anything there, they haven’t so that’s it really.

    7. Sid — on 25th April, 2008 at 11:59 am  

      Boris was fucking clueless on all the important issues on the Question Time debate last night.

    8. marvin — on 25th April, 2008 at 12:07 pm  

      Such as?

    9. Sid — on 25th April, 2008 at 12:15 pm  

      He came out blazing but ended like a wet dick. He was conspicuously silent in the debate on the issues of transport, crime and policing. Absolutely cluess. Personable chap but mayoral bumbaklaart.

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