Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Bad week for Botcher Boris as another top aide quits...

David Cameron is likely regretting his photo-op with Tory playboy tycoon David Ross now that his £130 million shares scandal has been exposed.

But doesn't the judgement of Dave's Bullingdon Club mate Boris Johnson looks even worse than David Cameron's, as the Mayor of London hopelessly tried to save yet another of his top advisers. All this in the same week as he is being investigated over his behaviour in the Damien Green affair.

The headline in today's early London Standard was
'Boris stands by 2012 aide facing probe into £130m shares scandal'
The Standard declared that Boris was 'standing by' David Ross who he had appointed to oversee the 2012 London Olympics on his behalf - despite the fact that Mr Ross faces a formal investigation by the Financial Services Authority.

A spokesman for Boris told the Standard:
'If the FSA doesn't find any fault with David Ross all we have to go on is his firm saying it's an oversight. The Mayor is not yet convinced that the case for him going is overwhelming. The crucial fact is whther they can demonstrate in any convincing way that he's messed up. If the FSA doesn't say it's more serious then it is hard for us to act'.
Labour were quick to point out that despite Mr Ross being forced to resign under a financial cloud from the company he co-founded, Boris still thinks he's an appropriate person to oversee London's Olympic budget.

Labour quickly accused Boris of being so terrified of losing yet another adviser that he was failing to see that the longer Boris failed to act, the quicker financial confidence in the Olympics would diminish.

Within a couple of hours, the Standard was changing its headline, to reflect Ross's resignation as Boris's man at the Olympics.

If a week's a long time in politics, what's a couple of hours...?

The Standard went on to report that Ross's departure is
'a major blow to Mr Johnson and prompts further questions about the Mayor's judgment.'
He is of course the fourth senior City Hall aide Boris has lost in recent months.

Boris was forced to sack his chief political adviser, James McGrath, after the former Central Office aide suggested black people should "go home" to the Caribbean if they did not like living in Tory-controlled London.

Then his deputy mayor Ray Lewis - hailed as a champion by David Cameron - was forced to resign after allegations over 'financial irregularities and inappropriate behaviour'.

And then Tim Parker, another of Boris's deputy mayors who also served as chair of Transport for London, bcame the third of his senior team to quit in controversial circumstances.

Is this Boris's worst week so far as the most high-profile elected Conservative in the land?

I suppose it could be worse for David Cameron, pictured in most of today's newspapers with the fallen tycooon at a Tory social event: A Independent profile of Mr Ross suggests that he was considered as Tory candidate for Mayor of London...!

13 comments:

Geoffrey G Brooking said...

Boris has made yet another stride forward in his quest to drive political correctness from City Hall for good. He has decided that Christmas must remain Christmas and that all mentions of Winter Festivals or the like are to be banished. Today City Hall sent out a press release telling a grateful capital city of its Mayor's Christmas Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral.

Boris says: “It is truly an honour to have the first ever GLA Christmas Carol Service at Southwark Cathedral and I am pleased to be joined by such special guests... I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and I hope this carol service will be a wonderful occasion.”

fairdealphil said...

Happy Christmas to you too Geoffrey.

When you find your marbles, hope you manage to hold on to them this time...

Geoffrey G Brooking said...

Thank you so much....and thanks for saving the world too! (NOT!!!)

fairdealphil said...

Geoffrey:

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/news/article.html?in_article_id=455397&in_page_id=2

it was in the Daily Mail, so it must be true!!

Anonymous said...

I wonder which is the more certain kiss of death ?

A Vote of confidence in a football manager,

or,

'Boris stands by aide facing probe into ,,,,,,,, scandal'

I think with the continued exposure of dodgy dealings in the Conservative Party this country will need ore and ore prisons.

GW

Anonymous said...

I wonder which is the more certain kiss of death ?

A Vote of confidence in a football manager,

or,

'Boris stands by aide facing probe into ,,,,,,,, scandal'

I think with the continued exposure of dodgy dealings in the Conservative Party this country will need ore and ore prisons.

GW

Airborne said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
fairdealphil said...

Not me Airborne.

I don't do 'anonymous' and don't know who GW is either.

I've never been afraid to stand up and be counted.

What you get with Fair Deal Phil is what it says on the tin!

No 'Airborne's' on the Electoral Roll in my division, but if you live in Deeping St James and have a local issue you'd like me to take up on your behalf, feel free to drop me a private email to

fairdealphil@hotmail.com

thanks

Anonymous said...

You're right about Brooking Phil.

Strong rumour going around that he has left the tories to join some fringe group called the English Democrats.

Why?

Geoffrey G Brooking said...

What do you think the chances are of a ptosecution the Phil - one per cent or two?

Me thinks no chance so go and tell Mandy to take his spin somewhere else and stick his euro up his ass with it!

fairdealphil said...

Geoffrey:

do tell...!

fairdealphil said...

For the record, here's the removed comment from last Thursday which was apparently "removed by the author"...

I AM SURE THIS ANONYMOUSE CHARACTER IS NO OTHER THAN fAIR DEAL PHIL HIMSELF.... AND HE REPRESENTS ME!!

The capitals were not mine, but the author's. I responded to point oput I don't do 'Anonymous' and then the original comment was removed...

No email yet from 'Airborne'.

Thought you should know...

Anonymous said...

"No email yet from 'Airborne'."

What a surprise !

Rumour has it that there is a British Nonces Party member in Hampshire calling hiself "Airborne". Obviously they can not be the same, as this 'Airborne' says he lives in the ward you have the honour of representing and the last time I looked DSJ was nowhere near Hampshire.

And BNP members never, ever lie do they ?

GW