Boris Johnson’s problem


by Sunny
26th June, 2008 at 7:46 am    

From Dave Hill’s article:

Yesterday, a Labour assembly member observed to me that Johnson is discovering that being London mayor isn’t as easy as Ken Livingstone often made it appear. This was a reference to Johnson’s developing track record of being caught in less than full possession of important facts. It could, though, also apply to his encounters with his predecessor’s cultural legacy in all its forms.

Pandering to prejudices about multiculturalism isn’t difficult until you find yourself in charge of the most multicultural city on earth and maybe discover that this isn’t an aberration forced on Londoners by Trotskyites but is, in fact, its authentic character. Deleting the GLA post of women’s adviser is one thing, deleting the principal of equal opportunities another. Feeding off resentments of funding for causes like anti-racism can work for you in opposition, but in power you may discover that these might not have been mere ruses for squandering taxpayers’ money on your allies after all: especially when you have a BNP man at your elbow at mayor’s question time.

This is spot on. What makes me laugh more is that when people now criticise Boris Johnson, the only response many of his supporters can muster up goes along the lines of: look, your side lost yeah, can you please stop being so bitter and just accept reality?

Essentially they’re saying that criticisism of Boris Johnson for his long litany of mistakes in a manner of weeks shouldn’t be allowed. And you know who said this the most explicitly? Andrew Gilligan. That’s good journalism for you isn’t it?


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  1. cjcjc — on 26th June, 2008 at 8:54 am  

    His worst crime apparently being unaware of the change of theme of a music festival. Hang him!!

    Dave goes on to say at the end of his piece that if Boris *does* embrace the “multiculturalism” he supposedly previously despised he could go on to win a whole load of new friends.

    Indeed, you could imagine him doing this rather stylishly. No doubt we will be treated to the odd gaffe, but at the same time we will be spared Qaradawi and Castro.

    The first test will be his appearance at the Gay Pride.
    I can’t wait to see the photos!

  2. Letters From A Tory — on 26th June, 2008 at 10:07 am  

    Why does London need a ‘women’s adviser’? Happy to see that back of that, what a waste of money.

    http://lettersfromatory.wordpress.com

  3. Leon — on 26th June, 2008 at 10:34 am  

    Essentially they’re saying that criticisism of Boris Johnson for his long litany of mistakes in a manner of weeks shouldn’t be allowed.

    Yep and I’ll be damned if I’m going to listen to such idiocy either!

    From what I’ve seen Boris Johnson isn’t up to the job, and no amount of delegation or briefing is going to change that.

  4. persephone — on 26th June, 2008 at 10:40 am  

    was not aware of London having a womans adviser or what their role entailed – be interested if anyone knows this. Until then, and on the face of it, why have that role – if the others in situ cannot relate to womens issues surely that is the aspect that needs sorting. Perhaps there should be an adviser too for people who are 5 foot 4 inches tall with brown eyes otherwise I feel my interests won’t be represented until there is

  5. Sid — on 26th June, 2008 at 10:42 am  

    Aah, bashing Boris. Nice to be on relaxing, comfortable ground again instead of arguing with tossers on the Muslim threads. ;)

  6. fug — on 26th June, 2008 at 10:59 am  

    what a skank, scavenging the bombed out residence of an iraqi politician. i suppose its representative of wider british society so must be legitimate.

  7. Little Richardjohn — on 26th June, 2008 at 11:40 am  

    So let’s get this clear.

    James McGrath is definitely not a racist, both Cameron and Johnson say so, and they’re both honorourable men, and so he must be sacked as quickly as possible.

    That’s clear as mud then, like the Johnson administration and its Cameron backers.

    So either Cameron and Johnson don’t know what racism is, in which case they are idiots who shouldn’t be running a creche. Or they do know, and are therefore a pair of standard issue tory slimeballs only fit to run a second hand car showroom.

  8. Sunny — on 26th June, 2008 at 3:03 pm  

    LFat – I see you haven’t written about the half a million wasted on the “transition team”!

  9. BenSix — on 26th June, 2008 at 3:07 pm  

    “LFat – I see you haven’t written about the half a million wasted on the “transition team”!”

    Or the Mayor’s salary ;)

  10. Leon — on 26th June, 2008 at 3:34 pm  

    LOL! Is anyone seriously expecting a Tory to be honest when it comes to financial waste of their political allies?!

  11. marvin — on 26th June, 2008 at 4:19 pm  

    Sorry guys I’m all up for a decent critique of a politician or political party, any and all of them…

    But what the hell are you guys on about?! Boris has been in power for weeks!

    I don’t mind Tory basing, but let’s get some concrete substance to it.

    Dave Hill doesn’t really of actually of said anything at all of substance. Am I missing something??

  12. Mikeyboy — on 26th June, 2008 at 5:42 pm  

    I don’t engage in tory basing myself – any sort of tory makes me sick regardless of how they are prepared for table.

  13. marvin — on 26th June, 2008 at 10:14 pm  

    Mikeyboy

    What a bizarre statement. So anybody who is sceptical makes you feel sick?

    There’s a fair few conservatives in the Tory party – their only philosophy being moderation and scepticism.

    I can only presume you are referring to the neo-liberals

  14. Ravi Naik — on 28th June, 2008 at 10:52 pm  

    especially when you have a BNP man at your elbow at mayor’s question time.

    This is spot on. What makes me laugh more is that when people now criticise Boris Johnson,”

    It is outrageous that a man is being called a racist, a BNP-lite, and even sacked for having fallen to a racist trap. The “journalist” from The-Latest.com asked James McGrath to comment on the rumour that some blacks would return to the Caribbean if Boris was elected – what the fuck? Why is it racist to say that if people want to leave the country because they are not happy with a democratically elected mayor, they are happy to do so? And if James McGrath is sacked for saying something totally reasonable, why wasn’t the journalist sacked as well for setting up a race-bait question – and using BNP language?

    I voted for Ken because I know that Boris will fuck up. But these attacks are just spiteful, mean and bitter. I really hate what the Left has become.

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