Even before the ink was dry on Andrew Gilligan’s article on Lee Jasper, Livingstone’s machine jumped to his defence.
Once again the Mayor has fallen back on unfounded allegations of racism, it is his favoured weapon, in the press release he asks.
“Exactly what does Andrew Gilligan think is wrong with the giving African and Caribbean owned businesses advice and mentoring or supporting the parents, carers and families of African and African Caribbean pupils?”
I don’t remember any criticism of giving money to black businesses or pupils, I think the criticism was giving public funds to defunct businesses owned by the Head of Diversity’s friends and associates. The press release goes on to say:
“Once again, Andrew Gilligan has used the Evening Standard as a platform for
campaign targeting black and ethnic minority organisations.”
And what does Livingstone define as this campaign? The fact that Gilligan said the Boris wasn’t a racist and that the plan to give black and Asian taxi drivers more money than white taxi drivers was unfair.
Let’s have a look at who has recently been branded a racist by Livingstone’s allies. Well Boris got both barrels, as have I, now Andrew Gilligan and so did Trevor Phillips
That’s right, Trevor Phillips, the head of the Equalities Commission, former Chair of the Runnymead Trust, Black Labour politician, branded a racist by Livingstone.
Livingstone’s failure even to call for an enquiry into Gilligan’s allegations is very telling as is his willingness to describe everyone who disagrees with him a racist.