The Mayor of London is to get close protection from the Prime Mentalist’s old bodyguard.
Having given his distinctive hair a pre-Games chop, like a school child ready for a new term, you can barely recognise him anyway….
Ken Livingstone has been forced to issue a grovelling apology to his old adversary Andrew Gilligan for smearing him in his biography “You Can’t Say That“:
Ken wrote that I was “shown the door” by my previous employer, the Evening Standard, after writing “lies” about the allocation of grants by his administration and the behaviour of his race adviser, Lee Jasper. Ken also claimed that the Standard had repudiated my stories in editorials which “said there had been no corruption or cronyism at City Hall.” Alas, it wasn’t me who was lying. Being lied about by liars is an occupational hazard of my job. But anyone tempted to follow Livingstone’s example should be in no doubt that I will defend my reputation and journalism.”
The publishers will also be paying damages, but Ken is insisting on a confidentiality clause.
PA is reporting that Bob Crow has lost his libel action against Boris:
“The general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) had complained about leaflets produced for Mr Johnson’s campaign for re-election in May. He said they meant that his policies, leadership of the RMT and association with Mr Johnson’s predecessor, Ken Livingstone, seriously damaged Mr Livingstone’s electoral prospects and caused grave harm to Londoners’ interests.
Mr Crow also claimed they meant that he was part of and supported a culture of political immorality involving broken promises, cronyism, scandals and waste. But Mr Justice Tugendhat, at the High Court, ruled today that the words complained of were not capable of being defamatory of the union leader.”
Labour are getting worked up over claims made by Political Scrapbook that Boris Johnson had secret dinner in January 2011 with Rupert Murdoch just two days before the phone hacking investigation was launched. Their City Hall cronies have jumped on the bandwagon, insisting: “this is extremely serious, for the Mayor to not declare a meeting with Rupert Murdoch at the height of the phone-hacking crisis is truly scandalous”. Indeed, it would be scandalous and a great scoop, if it was actually the case. However, rather embarrassingly, a Boris spokesman points to the fact that the information has been on the Mayor’s website for nearly a year. Oh dear…
UPDATE II: The Beeb are covering this, but seem to have missed this quote from a Boris spokesman: “Details of the meetings have been published on Mayor’s website for the best part of a year.”
Boris Johnson has let slip, again, that his eye is on a bigger prize. Speaking to NY Mag, the London Mayor said:
“We have to have a new airport. One of the only reasons I want to assume supreme power in England is to make sure that happens“.
He then told his interviewer:
“For God’s sake, don’t quote me saying that“.
Look out for an olive that looks like BoJo…
City Hall have confirmed that Sam Lyons has taken over from Guto Harri as interim chief-of-spin for Boris. Speculation that Guto Harri was off to spin for News International looks set to be proven correct at any moment. Unofficial News International sources say he has signed and is starting on Monday. Guido spoke to NI officially, who did not handle it too brilliantly:
GF: Can you confirm that Guto is joining you on Monday?
NI: I can’t really say anything about that. But can I put you on the list for it?
GF: What list? So there is an announcement coming?
NI: Errr, I don’t really know to be honest.
You snooze you lose Dave…
As mob unrest continues and the country is on the brink of economic collapse, who should land in Athens?
Boris. Orator and traveled diplomat. Remember his speech to the scousers? He speaks Greek.
What could go wrong?
UPDATE: He has gone to pick up the Olympic torch.
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