Livingstone's spin doctors silent over the latest revelations of sleaze in the Evening Standard

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Apologies for a lack of recent comments here on this blog, especially to our keen reader(s) at the Greater London Authority / Mayor of London's office, who, seem to be keeping tabs on this blog daily, according to our web server logfiles.

The Mayor of London's publicly funded public relations department seems to have backed off, for now, from issuing more carefully selected "factual" propaganda, which usually seems to counter straw man allegations which were not actually made , or which are peripheral to the revelations published in the Evening Standard by their investigative journalist Andrew Gilligan.

They have revealed further stories, which give the impression of sleaze, corruption and incompetence by the London Development Agency, Ken Livingstone and his inner clique of politically appointed apparatchiki. e.g

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Police called in over City Hall scandal

Andrew Gilligan
21.12.07
Police have been called in over the City Hall grants scandal amid new allegations of fraud, violence and intimidation.

A leading London MP has written to Met Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, urging him to order an inquiry into how a scheme run by two associates of Lee Jasper - one of Ken Livingstone's most senior advisers - spent more than £172,000 in grants.

Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey said Mr Jasper and the Mayor's London Development Agency had "serious questions" to answer over the South London Green Badge Taxi School.

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The Standard has uncovered a string of allegations that LDA cash was given to associates and friends of Mr Jasper, described by the Mayor as "one of the most valuable people" at City Hall, with little or nothing to show for the £2.5 million spent.

Mr Livingstone, Mr Jasper and Mr Grey have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

The London Development Agency's press release simply oozes with Cover Your Backside weasel words.

  • Just because the Metropolitan Police Service did not find enough hard evidence to proceed with criminal charges in November, that does not mean that there have not been any verbal threats and intimidation. Would you be willing to formally give evidence against potentially violent, politically connected people, to Sir Ian Blair's NuLabour tainted Police ?

  • What exactly has the London taxpayer or even the local community actually received in return for all the public money handed out to the South London Green Badge Taxi School ?

  • Who is independently investigating all of the London Development Agency's pet projects ?

  • Who believes that any self-investigation by the LDA or its appointees, would not conveniently fail to report to the public until well after the forthcoming May 2008 elections ?

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