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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