The Times has published an email exchange on London Mayor Boris Johnson trying to get former Evening Standard editor Veronica Wadley, who was a big supporter of his candidacy, chair the Arts Council of England for London.
So Boris writes offering his full support. This is the conclusion of the response:
So we are left with a due process that was not followed, a candidate who was manifestly less qualified than three of her competitors and three distinguished candidates put through a process that seems to have questionable validity. My conclusion is that the Mayor’s [Boris] intended appointment is based on reasons other than selection of the best candidate for the post. Had the appointment been run to the standard applied to other appointments on Council Veronica would not have been seen by the Mayor.
Wow. Given all the accusations levelled at Ken Livingstone (some rightly in my view) for favouring former colleagues for top jobs – I waited to see whether the Tories who are resolute about ‘merit and not cronyism’ for appointments would say anything. Nope. Nothing. Nada.
Conservatives do make a big deal about how they oppose ‘positive action’ on diversity for the same reasons – people should be judged only on merit. And yet when such flagrant examples of cronyism come to light they say nothing.
Adam Bienkov and Dave Hill have more.
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