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Brian Paddick, the ex-Scotland Yard Deputy Commissioner and LibDem candidate for Mayor puts it succinctly:
“Last week, Ken Livingstone suspended one of his closest aides, Lee Jasper, saying he wanted to enable the police to investigate the allegations of malpractice and corruption made against him.
We now learn from Scotland Yard that there is no such police investigation taking place. It begs the question why was Lee Jasper suspended in the first place?”
The GLA will now presumably be able to cross-examine Jasper. The police are still investigating six companies which have enjoyed the LDA’s generous patronage…
Later this morning Ken will announce that big-engine cars in the centre of London are so grave a threat to life as we know it, that they will be charged £25 per day to exist. The new congestion-cum-enviro-cum-spite charge will be called the Emissions Related Congestion Charge – ERCC
However, it has been established that the massive jams and diesel-fired pollution seen in East and North London does not actually exist. So there will be no need for any extension of the charging zone….
Only on Saturday another Hugh Muir piece also appeared in the Guardian, headlined Boris Johnson Faces Conflict of Interest Charge Over Office, over Boris taking free office space from a Ken hating business.
Conflict of interest charges are serious indeed and should be answered. So how much did Hugh Muir get for his contribution to a report commissioned by Ken – The Search for Common Ground? We know it cost the Mayor’s taxpayers £22,000. We know of course it had a foreword by Mayor Ken. What we don’t know is how much of the taxpayers £22,000 Hugh pocketed courtesy of Ken.
Guido has tried to contact him to find out, but no reply so far. Hugh’s article on Boris concluded that Boris “should know there is no such thing as a free lunch”. Quite, so how much did Hugh get from Ken Livingstone?
Questioned by the BBC, Rosemary Emodi denied attending, she later admitted she had attended and was forced to resign. (Googling quickly comes up with pictures of her in full African costume at the resort) The Mayor’s Office denies any support for the project. Brixton Base is at the centre of an investigation into £2m in grants allegedly given because of links to Jasper. The sleaze is lapping at Ken’s door. He still supports Lee Jasper unreservedly…
Doing a deal with Chavez so that impoverished Venezuela subsidises fuel for rich London in return for putting El Presidente’s face on the side of the buses shows just how loony things are getting in London. Ken’s embassy in China, his globe trotting, his delusions of grandeur and conduct of a foreign policy without a mandate from Londoners is worrying enough.
Combine this with a manifest smell of corruption that pervades around the shakedown merchant Lee Jasper, both financial and political corruption of a kind that we haven’t seen since the days of Militant in Liverpool under Derek Hatton.
Garnish all this with appeasement of Islamist extremists at the same time as Livingstone demonstrates an implicit distate for Israel. It is a toxic concoction. The Loony Left is back in London… this time Ken is not just drunk on power…
Londoners want, and tourists especially expect, to see the famous red bus silhouette against the backdrop of the Capital of the World. Bizarrely Ken’s supporters now no longer able to object on disability legislation grounds now object on cost grounds. When have they ever worried about cost before? Boris is on to a populist vote winner here…
Cash has been dished out in wheelbarrows to Jasper’s pals. Now a whistle-blower of impeccable credentials has come out to describe a catalogue of demands for hush money, political interference and financial irregularity.
The Tories are now calling for the District Auditor to come in and go over the books. In any organisation where one individual faced so many allegations he would be suspended pending an investigation. What does Ken do? He calls everyone racist and gets his echo-chamber of ratepayer funded self-serving community groups to join in the chant. It won’t work this time.
Brenda Stern, who was the programme manager for the LDA’s Diversity Works initiative, is a former director for the Commission for Racial Equality, who was brought into the LDA in March 2006 to rescue Diversity Works. She comes from a background in anti-apartheid activism. Her credibility is not in question. Lee Jasper should be very worried.
So why is Ken still so vehemently defending his aide? Could it be that Lee Jasper knows where the bodies are buried?
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Chris Bryant talks to the Times Diary about a famous gay actor:
“I don’t think I’ve had sex with him. He says we had sex in Clapham. I’m fairly certain I’ve never had sex south of the river”