“Act now or Paris will overtake London as Europe’s capital city!” This is the headline from today’s Evening Standard. Ken Livingstone gives us a terrible warning, beaten by the French. The FRENCH!!!!!
Naturally I read the article to find out what had triggered this apocalyptic prophesy. It was a speech given by President Sarkozy where he said that he wanted Paris to be a bigger financial centre than London. And that’s it.
Livingstone claimed that there had been no major investment in London’s business supporting infrastructure between 1977 and 1999. Basically blaming the Conservatives for Paris’ ability to creep up on us.
Clearly Mr Livingstone’s sight isn’t what it once was because most Londoners will have noticed a load of tall buildings, a major conference centre and a light railway line in the docklands area. A major regeneration project initiated by the Conservatives.
Docklands now rivals other world business districts on its own. Poor old Ken, desperate to be seen as a credible candidate for the 2012 mayoral elections but increasingly sounding shrill and out of touch.