The Mayor announced his policy adviser Anthony Browne has been made one of 13 board members of the LDA. The board, which spends Â£700million a year on business and community projects, is intended to be independent, but has only one Liberal Democrat and no Labour Party members.
Labour’s deputy leader on the London Assembly, John Biggs, said: “Given that Boris’s cries of cronyism helped him beat Ken last May it looks pretty hypocritical that he’s now filling the board room with his own advisers and chums.
The appointment of his right -hand man shows he has lost trust in the members he appointed only last year and the appointment of yet another Tory in a board without a single Labour representative shows a profound lack of confidence in his ideas and a retreat from his commitment to transparency.
Yes, the very same Anthony Browne who apologised for writing “provocative” articles for the Spectator and the Daily Mail etc. Browne is among the biggest right-wing nutjobs going. He wrote vitriolic and sometimes downright racist articles in the right-wing press in the past, suggesting variously that lefties were to blame for everything, and that Africans were to blame for the rise in diseases.
Anyway, Boris does exactly what he accused the previous adminstration of doing, shock.
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