Rubbish in the paper

The Evening Standard has some great reporting and some much less great reporting.

In what is clearly a rushed piece to fill some pages in the lead up to the election the Standard has made at least two mistakes, firstly they say that I have a good chance of being Boris’ race advisor. Interesting! I have not had any discussions with either Boris or anyone on his team about such a position, and I would have said no to the job even if we had.

I can only assume that the have assumed.

Secondly, and more seriously, they claim that my friend and colleague Bob Neill ran up a £4,000 taxi bill last year. The true figure was in fact £0.00.

Sloppy and lazy.

14 responses to “Rubbish in the paper

  1. They did not even spell Bob Neill’s name correctly and confused him with Tory assembly member, Brian Coleman, who did claim taxi expenses of £4,157.85. But don’t worry you’ll be on the gravy train soon!The Evening Standard first speculated on you becoming Boris’s race adviser on 18th March – ‘Boris narrows his search for a race adviser’. If he is still looking for a race adviser on Friday and you don’t want the job, I would be happy to put politics aside and step into the role. There is a huge amount Boris needs to learn about creating racial harmony rather than the issue of race being centered around jokes and insults. I’m only sorry you feel that you can’t help him on this one, what is the point of electing you to the assembly if you don’t feel able to serve the mayor in this role?

  2. They did not even spell Bob Neill’s name correctly and confused him with Tory assembly member, Brian Coleman, who did claim taxi expenses of £4,157.85. But don’t worry you’ll be on the gravy train soon!The Evening Standard first speculated on you becoming Boris’s race adviser on 18th March – ‘Boris narrows his search for a race adviser’. If he is still looking for a race adviser on Friday and you don’t want the job, I would be happy to put politics aside and step into the role. There is a huge amount Boris needs to learn about creating racial harmony rather than the issue of race being centered around jokes and insults. I’m only sorry you feel that you can’t help him on this one, what is the point of electing you to the assembly if you don’t feel able to serve the mayor in this role?

  3. “what is the point of electing you to the assembly if you don’t feel able to serve the mayor in this role?” Weird, why does James have to box himself into a corner? An even cursory glance at the blog shows interests mainly in crime, education and armed forces welfare. (Forgive me if I’m wrong James). James will be a first rate GLA member as he is a first rate Conservative. Break a leg James!

  4. “what is the point of electing you to the assembly if you don’t feel able to serve the mayor in this role?” Weird, why does James have to box himself into a corner? An even cursory glance at the blog shows interests mainly in crime, education and armed forces welfare. (Forgive me if I’m wrong James). James will be a first rate GLA member as he is a first rate Conservative. Break a leg James!

  5. <>“Weird, why does James have to box himself into a corner?”<>It is James who has boxed himself into a corner. He has admitted not having spoken to Boris about such a role and then out of hand dismisses the possibility of taking on the role. Should Boris ask him to fill the role, he should at least understand the job specification as Boris sees it, before saying no.It is James’s reaction, to an offer that has not been made, that is ‘weird’.<>“Why do we need a ‘race advisor’?”<>Perhaps you have not been listening to Boris and his numerous apologies for his comments. Boris needs a race advisor more than anybody else.

  6. <>“Weird, why does James have to box himself into a corner?”<>It is James who has boxed himself into a corner. He has admitted not having spoken to Boris about such a role and then out of hand dismisses the possibility of taking on the role. Should Boris ask him to fill the role, he should at least understand the job specification as Boris sees it, before saying no.It is James’s reaction, to an offer that has not been made, that is ‘weird’.<>“Why do we need a ‘race advisor’?”<>Perhaps you have not been listening to Boris and his numerous apologies for his comments. Boris needs a race advisor more than anybody else.

  7. All races are equal, therefore a race advisor would be assuming they aren’t and certain races need greater attention to create social harmony.Race advisors are therefore racist. Good on James for seeing the light and not being drawn into such a role from a suggestion that is clearly only made because he is black. The Standard should be ashamed of themselves.

  8. All races are equal, therefore a race advisor would be assuming they aren’t and certain races need greater attention to create social harmony.Race advisors are therefore racist. Good on James for seeing the light and not being drawn into such a role from a suggestion that is clearly only made because he is black. The Standard should be ashamed of themselves.

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