Scotland Yard is not playing ball with Ken’s request to investigate a crime that no one said Jasper had committed. So this means the “no running commentary on an ongoing police investigation” strategy to push the issue off the agenda has come unstuck.

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…

Guido has said it before and he will say it again, Lee Jasper is a shake down artist. Although it was only 12 hours ago that the Mayor informed us that he had full confidence in Jasper, Ken clearly realises that he can no longer bluster his support for Lee Jasper in the face of a criminal investigation. Nothing to do with a forthcoming election…

Guido finds those huge 4×4 faintly ridiculous outside the school gates. The only hazardous road surfaces they navigate are the speed bumps. Clearly Ken thinks they are popular with the Boris-Voting-Classes and sees them as a chance to hike taxes and indulge in a little Bash-the-Rich populism. All par for the course with Ken.

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….

Taxi for Boris

Very amused to be handed this receipt by a London cabbie. Apparently the campaign is giving away the books of receipts free to cabbies. Ambient marketing…

How Much Did Hugh Muir Pocket Courtesy of Ken?

The Guardian’s diarist, Hugh Muir, gave Boris a good going over yesterday in his diary column, all but accusing him of being a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.

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?

This story is a bit confused, not least by the Mayor’s office issuing denials and spin. The few facts that are clear are that the Mayor’s Deputy Race Adviser, Rosemary Emodi, had visited Kamp Afrika, a holiday resort in Nigeria. Errol Walters, who styles himself the Managing Director of Brixton Base Limited, also claimed to represent the Mayor’s Office. According to the Nigerian press, Errol offered Kamp Afrika support and promised London offices for the project, to support the Nigerian diaspora, courtesy of the Mayor’s taxpayers.

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…

London’s Loony Left Return

When Hugo Chavez came to town Guido thought to himself, hello, here we go again. The revelation in Dispatches that Ken has surrounded himself with members of a far left sect, Socialist Action, shows just how far the Cuddly Ken of 2000 has reverted to form, the Red Ken of the 1980s has returned with his old friends. This time they have six-figure salaries.

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…

Boris Bus Beats Ken’s Killer Bendy Bus

Boris is backing the futuristic clean, low emission, hydrogen-powered wheelchair and pushchair friendly double decker bus. So us cyclists will have two good reasons to support it, less chance of being crushed to death by a bendy bus or having to choke on diesel fumes. Autocar commissioned this design. Of course we were told by Ken that “only a dehumanised moron” would get rid of the Routemaster. Ken got rid of the Routemaster in 2004.

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…

Andrew Gilligan in this evening’s London Standard has another story about the whirlpool of corruption and graft surrounding Lee Jasper, Mayor Ken Livingstone’s aide.

Cash has been dished out in wheelbarrows to Jasper’s pals. Now a whistle-blower of impeccable credentials

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Paddick Confesses Guilt

Guido is looking forward to the London Mayoral elections hotting up, especially as the LibDems have chosen a strong personality to contest against Boris and Ken. Brian Paddick, the former top copper, is running on their ticket. Sort of.

He

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Boris Launch

Just biked back from the Boris campaign launch. He was business-like, serious and determined. The media and a crowd of young supporters were out in force. He did not make any gaffes…

Bizarrely supporters were asked to return the T-shirts

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London Calling

Here at the Bori campaign launch with the tune of ‘London Calling’ playing James Cleverly introduced a promo video. To the great amusement of the Backing Boris crowd, it is silent with Boris miming inaudibly.

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