Skulking about in the corridors after today’s BMAC meeting, it was clear that Boris Johnson’s City Hall is a very angry place in the wake of Ian Clement’s misuse of his corporate credit card.
Today’s session of Mayor’s Questions was tough for Boris with the Evening Standard and Guardian following up on the story of key aide Ian Clement using his City Hall credit card for personal purchases.
Alcohol misuse and the sale of drink to under 18’s are things I care passionately about, not least because I some years back I used to run an off-licence and know from first-hand experience the pressures managers of such shops face.
Tube workers I know tell me whenever there’s a prospect of strike action the attitude of some passengers becomes quite hostile, presumably at the thought of the resulting delays and inconveniences. One friend says most passengers seem hardly to notice Tube staff unless they want directions which tend to be asked for in the most abrupt manner possible.
After three sets of Greater London Authority elections it seems clear that the mainstream media are never going to give Assembly candidates any meaningful level of coverage for as long as they can focus instead on the Mayoral candidates from the three major national parties.
Less than four weeks to go to the important European vote! No not the Eurovision (that’s next weekend, and yes it’s far more important)…we’re talking about the European Parliament elections. Are your banners up? Damian Hockney, not a particular friend of the EU it has to be said, offers you his opinion on why “this election business has not really caught on in the new European democracy”…
As someone who has spent much of the 9 years since London Government was restored calling for greater power I’ll welcome anyone prepared to sign up the cause but today’s ‘city charter’ is pretty lightweight and lacks much in the way of vision and, though I’ve tried really hard, I just don’t get Boris’s fascination with coysing up to borough politicians.
London politicians and commentators are being mined for comments on Boris Johnson’s first year in office, but it’s far too early to proclaim on his success or failure and I won’t be joining the rush to mark him out of ten.