Livingstone’s response to the Lee Jasper allegations shows why he is not fit to govern London

Last week Andrew Gilligan wrote a series of stories alleging the serious misconduct of a senior Livingstone aide. The Mayor released a press statement within a few hours, completely dismissing the article and accusing Gilligan of a racially and politically motivated attack on the wider “black community”.

Livingstone’s response was so swift that he couldn’t have had enough time to look into these allegations. Dismissing hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of pounds worth of lost funds without any investigation should be a cause of alarm to all Londoners. Someone who is unconcerned by the loss of up to two and a half million pounds of public money should not be in charge of London’s budget.

As well as his nonchalant attitude towards wasted tax funded grants, he has shown a disturbing willingness to accuse people of racism. Racism is a serious issue and as such deserves to be dealt with in a mature and rational way, it is easy to accuse someone of racism and almost impossible to prove that you’re not. For this reason it should not be spraying around by people purporting to be serious politicians.

I have worked in publishing for years and in my experience journalists don’t just make up stories, and when the story is of this magnitude they make sure that they have the evidence to back up what they have written. I don’t believe for a minute that Livingstone really thinks Gilligan is a racist, he has played the race card purely as a diversionary tactic because the Standard’s allegations of financial irregularities are coming a little too close to the Mayor’s door.

Livingstone could end all of this quickly and easily. If he called in independent auditors, opened up the books and answered the questions put to him no one could then question his or Lee Jasper’s probity? I doubt that he will do so and his failure to should tell you everything you need to know.

10 responses to “Livingstone’s response to the Lee Jasper allegations shows why he is not fit to govern London

  1. James – people play the race card all the time, especially the coloured community. If you remonstrate about eg blocking 20 cars by parking across an exit for an hour, you are accused of being racist. The idea is it makes you back off. In this particular instance, one white van man was so incensed he called the police and had the man charged with obstruction. The police were loathe to do anything, but the twenty people ( white and black) screaming at the blocking driver made them change their minds.The driver still went off muttering “racism” at which point the police arrested him for contempt. A ragged cheer went up.

  2. James – people play the race card all the time, especially the coloured community. If you remonstrate about eg blocking 20 cars by parking across an exit for an hour, you are accused of being racist. The idea is it makes you back off. In this particular instance, one white van man was so incensed he called the police and had the man charged with obstruction. The police were loathe to do anything, but the twenty people ( white and black) screaming at the blocking driver made them change their minds.The driver still went off muttering “racism” at which point the police arrested him for contempt. A ragged cheer went up.

  3. Perhaps if we must have laws prohibiting verbal racism, its time we had laws to stop people accusing others of racism, without even the pretext of any evidence whatsoever, to back it up?You are right to indicate real racism is a serious crime against an individual, that could involve violence or job discrimination. But so could the accusation of racism, especially in Ken Livingstone’s London. It may even result in Boris not being able to obtain the job of London’s Mayor.I take it that Gilligan’s chances of getting a job working anywhere near the Mayors office should he wish to seek one, are not looking to good right now.BTWI dont understand socialists when they talk so much about slavery. As the only answer socialists ultimately have for the elimination of racial slavery. Is to make slaves out of everyone, except themselves and the rest of our ruling political class. In Kens beloved Cuba everyone but Castro is effectively a slave to the state.

  4. Perhaps if we must have laws prohibiting verbal racism, its time we had laws to stop people accusing others of racism, without even the pretext of any evidence whatsoever, to back it up?You are right to indicate real racism is a serious crime against an individual, that could involve violence or job discrimination. But so could the accusation of racism, especially in Ken Livingstone’s London. It may even result in Boris not being able to obtain the job of London’s Mayor.I take it that Gilligan’s chances of getting a job working anywhere near the Mayors office should he wish to seek one, are not looking to good right now.BTWI dont understand socialists when they talk so much about slavery. As the only answer socialists ultimately have for the elimination of racial slavery. Is to make slaves out of everyone, except themselves and the rest of our ruling political class. In Kens beloved Cuba everyone but Castro is effectively a slave to the state.

  5. Forget Ken’s bluster about racism. What does seem very possibly to have happened is that money provided by taxpayers (of all races) has been improperly disbursed and improperly accounted for. Finding out the truth about what is alleged to have happened, and establishing whether or not criminal behaviour has taken place does seem to be fairly important if our city is to be taken seriously anywhere except in City Hall. And were it to be concluded that crimes had been committed, it wouldn’t harm any honest citizen of any race if those accused did have to answer to a court.

  6. Forget Ken’s bluster about racism. What does seem very possibly to have happened is that money provided by taxpayers (of all races) has been improperly disbursed and improperly accounted for. Finding out the truth about what is alleged to have happened, and establishing whether or not criminal behaviour has taken place does seem to be fairly important if our city is to be taken seriously anywhere except in City Hall. And were it to be concluded that crimes had been committed, it wouldn’t harm any honest citizen of any race if those accused did have to answer to a court.

  7. kinglear, why does it not surprise me that someone who refers to black people as ‘coloured’ – a terminology more associated with the time of Enoch Powell – should, ahem, have such a chip on your shoulder about the ‘race card’ being brandished.

  8. kinglear, why does it not surprise me that someone who refers to black people as ‘coloured’ – a terminology more associated with the time of Enoch Powell – should, ahem, have such a chip on your shoulder about the ‘race card’ being brandished.

  9. Anon,Why not concentrate on what appears to be the main problem, that is to say public money probably being wasted or possibly being stolen. Since Kingclear appears to have a blog address you could always protest to him directly if you think he is guilty of tactless phraseology in his post. I notice you only protest about his choice of words rather than comment on the substance of his (slightly off-topic) post. Your post looks to me like a minor example of accusations being used to divert attention from some fairly serious problems about public accountability referred to in James’s original item.

  10. Anon,Why not concentrate on what appears to be the main problem, that is to say public money probably being wasted or possibly being stolen. Since Kingclear appears to have a blog address you could always protest to him directly if you think he is guilty of tactless phraseology in his post. I notice you only protest about his choice of words rather than comment on the substance of his (slightly off-topic) post. Your post looks to me like a minor example of accusations being used to divert attention from some fairly serious problems about public accountability referred to in James’s original item.

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