Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Boris' double standards?

London Mayor Boris Johnson has come under fire today for scrapping City Halls Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-gender advisory group. After fronting a very successful LGBTory appearance at Gay Pride London this past Saturday, it seems odd to tBg that he should make this move. Politically thinking, advisory panels can be just as clueless as the politicians who set them up in the first place, but it is probably a bad move to do this so soon after he was supporting this group in a very public manner.

tBg wonders what Anastasia Beaumont-Bott (LGBTory co-founder) and the rest of LGBTory think about this move from Boris.


Alister J. Cooling - LGBTory Member said...

I would like to make one thing very clear, while Boris Johnsons appearance at Gay Pride was welcomed by LGBTory, he was not there because of the group. He was supporting Gay Pride and there in his capacity as Mayor.

As per the disbanding of the group, well it would be nice if you could give a link for people to read all and any bits of information rather than provoke an opinion based on your leading comments.

One of the things we really need to look at is the simple fact that the LGBT committee was created in March by Livingston and only met once.

This in and of itself smells like nothing more than a vote pulling ploy of the then Mayor.

The very fact that Boris was at Pride on Saturday, something he was under no obligation to do, suggests he is open to the Gay Community however I will not put any beliefs forward as his.

The Mayor has every right to do what he deems in the best interest of London and its residents so rather than attack his immediate decisions, let us see what he plans to do.

I, for one who was at Gay Pride with the Mayor, saw nothing but appreciation and admiration from the man as he walked arm in arm with Mz Fontaine, a well known Lesbian Rapper, and surrounded by so many wonderful members of the London (and beyond) LGBT community.


Anonymous said...

The hope that Boris would implement the right policies for all Londoners, not waste time and money on political correctness like Livingstone, is exactly why I voted for him. A great move by Boris.

Tim Roll-Pickering said...
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Tim Roll-Pickering said...

According to PinkNews "the panel which was chaired by Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, included Linda Bellos of Black Lesbians UK, Jackie Lewis of trade union UNISON, Lynsey River of Polari, the older people's LGBT network, Brenda Ellis of REGARD, a disabled LGBT group and Mr Akhtar in his role as Chair of Imaan, a Muslim LGBT group."

I believe it was just called an LGB panel not an LGBT panel, though there's not much sign of even the B in there. And looking at the membership and the groups it does look suspiciously like a mainly Labour mates group that did very little but ticked a few boxes, of the kind all too common under the Livingstone regime. See PinkNews's interview with Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes where he talks of a disability adviser who similarly served to tick boxes.

I remained to be convinced that this advisory panel that only ever had a preliminary meeting was actually doing anything to the benefit of Lesbian & Gay Londoners and that their lives were in anyway enhanced by its existence. Maybe the timing was bad but I don't want Labour style gesture politics that creates positions and throws around money for appearances' sake, I want results and substance.

Tim Roll-Pickering said...

P.S. Boris's move has been applauded by Outrage! PinkNews: OutRage! backs Boris over abolition of gay advisory panel

Anonymous said...

LBGTory is a total waste of time!

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