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Ken Livingstone accuses Boris Johnson of ‘snubbing’ gay Londoners over Pride

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  1. Is his cheap politicking really news to anyone? If you’re reading this Ken (or more likely your – no doubt publicly funded – press monitor), we’re not stupid. It was your party which left this country’s finances in the worst state for decades (oh and if you don’t believe me ask your arrogant colleague Liam Byrne aka “there’s no money left”). It’s not a snub it’s called deficit reduction.

    Some people might be stupid enough to believe your tripe, but the rest of us are desperate for this country to get back into the black and realise that sacrifices will have to be made on all sides.

    Old politics, I think they call it Ken. Cheap, very cheap.

  2. Mihangel apYrs 2 Jun 2010, 11:04pm

    WillK

    don’t be simplistic: the UK is in deep doodoo beacuse we didn’t regulate effectively. The tories would have done little differently since they’re the party of deregulation.

    What Labour did after the crash seems to have remained uncondemned by independant commenttors, our economy was over-dependant on the City, but I agree that labour overspent on certain things.

    To the point, do you expect a politician to be upstanding?

  3. Who got invited to this anyway? Probably the snooty ‘gay elite’ as usual. Far better for everyone to be included and mix. The gay gravy train is ending its 25-year-long trip and finally pulling into the station. It’s time to disembark.

  4. Sister Mary Clarance 3 Jun 2010, 1:50am

    “The tories would have done little differently since they’re the party of deregulation.”

    apYrs, I’m not sure that’s entirely true, red flags were raised long people the meltdown but were ignored.

  5. Sister Mary Clarance 3 Jun 2010, 1:58am

    And of course Ken never gave a sh1t about how much anything cost, as my council tax bills bear testament.

  6. Mihangel apYrs 3 Jun 2010, 7:12am

    SMC red flags were ignored globally. We don’t know what the tories would have done and hte outcome, we can only try and judge the event and its outcome and try and make sense of it. It is probably too soon for that, not least because the blame game is still in progress.

    As far as taxes go: I’ve come ot the conclusion that they’re always too high, until they’re paying for something I support!

  7. Mihangel apYrs: “As far as taxes go: I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re always too high, until they’re paying for something I support!”

    That sounds like classic Labourite policy. This snivelling little weasel will blow money like it’s going out of fashion and then try to regain it with congestion charges and Oyster cards.

    Boris is trying to SAVE MONEY. It’s just like anyone – “We are a bit short this month, so sorry, trip to the pictures will have to go.” etc etc. People should not be admonished for being careful, rather than the all too common spend, spend, spend.

  8. London is a world-class city, and one of the best places anywhere for LGBT people to live the lives we choose. It is vital for the Mayor of London to celebrate the impact of LGBT people and organisations on shaping the capital’s culture because there has been a history – prior to the last government – of the state ignoring or actively attacking LGBT people.

    Cutting this reception is a cheap attempt to save money and marginalise the voices of LGBT Londoners. Ken Livingstone says it is nothing less than a snub http://www.kenlivingstone.com/lgbt-ken-boris/

    Boris does not take LGBT rights seriously much beyond wanting our votes: he has cut Ken’s LGBT Advisory Panel, Soho Pride funding, the City Hall reception, took the GLA out of the Stonewall Workplace Index (because he knew they would fall in the list under his poor leadership) and has said nothing to support LGBT communities across Europe struggling to have Pride marches (as Ken did).

    By 2012, LGBT Londoners will have suffered four years of cuts and inaction from Boris which is an insult as we pay our taxes like everyone else and deserve so much more. Support Ken’s campaign for re-election http://www.kenlivingstone.com/ – David Lammy has this week joined as Chair.

  9. Vincent Poffley 3 Jun 2010, 10:02am

    This particular issue, about public receptions, is window-dressing. But it highlights the very real differences between Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson with regard to their LGBT policies. The following article is instructive:

    http://www.johannhari.com/2008/03/29/the-london-mayoral-candidates-court-the-gay-vote

  10. Patrick James 3 Jun 2010, 10:25am

    I know that the Brighton & Hove pride event brings huge amounts of money into Brighton & Hove, so the financial benefit to the city is enormous.

    My guess would be that the much larger London pride would also bring money into the city, but I don’t know if any analysis of that has been done.

    I remember in the early eighties I used to travel to London from Northern Ireland, where I grew up to attend Gay Pride in those times. There was a group of us from Northern Ireland always there, and there were always loads of people from all over the UK and overseas at the London event.

    So I would think that financially London Pride is to be encouraged.

  11. Patrick James 3 Jun 2010, 10:36am

    Mihangel apYrs writes:

    the UK is in deep doodoo beacuse we didn’t regulate effectively. The tories would have done little differently since they’re the party of deregulation.

    Yes of course.

    Mihangel apYrs continues:

    What Labour did after the crash seems to have remained uncondemned by independant commenttors

    The deficit was the least painful way to deal with the crisis.

    The Conservatives got all the calls seriously wrong during the financial crisis and lambasted Labour for doing absolutely the right things, such as nationalising Northern Rock and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

    The UK was hit very hard by the financial crisis because we have to big a proportion of the economy in that sector.

    The great crime that was committed in the 80′s was the destruction of the UK’s manufacturing industry. If we had not destroyed our industry but rather supported it, as did Germany, then I think we would be in a far better country today with a broader economy and more able to survive a financial collapse.

  12. Livingstone and Labour playing politics again!
    They have bankrupted the country.
    The party’s over, now the bills have to be paid,
    it’s not a “snub”!
    Bunch of liars who took us
    for idiots for far too long.

  13. The lizard king trying to score points with the minorities, what about London as a whole?

  14. pinklung: ‘The lizard king trying to score points with the minorities…’

    Oh that’s right, because straight white men are the only people who count!

    Must say, I’m bemused by the amount of hatred being thrown at Ken Livingstone here – one of the very few politicians who spoke up for lesbian and gay rights throughout the 80s and 90s, when it was considered political suicide to do so, and who made introducing civil partnerships one of his first priorities when he became mayor of London. Boris Johnson may not be as vociferously homophobic as he once was but he is at best indifferent to us; I’m looking forward to getting our pro-LGBT mayor back in 2012.

  15. Oh F*** off Livingstone.

    Ken Livingstone has no issue inviting crazed islamic extremist homophobes for meetings. The type of extremists who call for our death.

    Has Ken Livingstone promised never to have dealings with extremist homophobes again?

    If not then he needs to f*** right off.

    As for Boris Johnstone – well he’s a homophobe. He’s a member of the Tory Party. And thanks to his decision to cancel the Pride reception at least he is showing his true, Tory, homophobic colours.

  16. I think you’ll be waiting a lot longer than that Charlie!

    I don’t think anyone has ‘hatred’ for Ken Livingstone (surely that emotion is reserved for those on the extreme left or right) but we don’t have to agree with his petty point scoring days after announcing his candidacy. Really, there are bigger issues affecting the UK today. I’m gay, yes, but it’s not all I’m bothered about. I know I’m not the only one.

    It’s only a reception after all! I think there are far too many in this country addicted to the gravy train – and a sense of entitlement. And who can blame them, it’s been going on for so long and look where we’ve ended up. Lack of regulation in the financial markets was catastrophic but so was Labour’s spend, spend, spend culture.

    Personally, I’m glad that this particular party is well and truly over.

  17. Sister Mary Clarance 3 Jun 2010, 1:52pm

    “Must say, I’m bemused by the amount of hatred being thrown at Ken Livingstone here – one of the very few politicians who spoke up for lesbian and gay rights throughout the 80s and 90s,”

    Yeah, you’re right Charlie, he milked the minority vote I’ll give you that, but of course it didn’t come cheap and gay households as well as straight have had to foot the bill for many a folly he dreamed up.

    I still remember the millions that the congestion charge was going to raise to re-invest in transport in the capital, but someone couldn’t count and it ended up raising nothing.

    No price was too high for Ken for anything and he crippled many low to middle income Londoners with ever increasing budgets. Boris has done far more for those people than Ken ever did with his grand ideas. Irrespective of whether people had the ability to pay, they still had to pay and no amount or reasoning would change him.

    People are forever banging on about the Tories being for the upper classes and sod the poor, but cutting costs at City Hall are a huge benefit to those who cannot afford to maintain Ken’s opulent visions for London.

    The country is all but bankrupt I cannot believe that there are still people who believe that spending is the answer to it

  18. “Must say, I’m bemused by the amount of hatred being thrown at Ken Livingstone here – one of the very few politicians who spoke up for lesbian and gay rights throughout the 80s and 90s,”

    And yet he has no problem welcoming and defending murderous, extremist homophobes like Al Qaradawi.

    He may defend gay rights but seeing as he is also defending islamic extremism then they sort of cancel each other out.

    Boris Johnston is a homophobe. Ken Livingstone is a hypocrite.

    I hope neither of them win in 2010.

  19. Typical Ken, typical Labour. Can’t do nothing without bitching about everyone else. Boris is doing the right thing. Money has to be saved and this isn’t only affecting gay people it’s all round. Boris is doing a good job and it’s clear what he does he does for London and Londoners. Ken left a mess (typical Labour) and it has to be sorted. Ken was more interested in himself and only himself.

    I would definitely vote Boris again next time!

  20. Sister Mary Clarence: do you actually live in London? Or anywhere in the real world, come to that?!

  21. Sister Mary Clarance 4 Jun 2010, 2:24pm

    Yes, Charlie, I live in London, so I was one of Ken’s victims both times round.

  22. Charlie: “I’m bemused by the amount of hatred being thrown at Ken Livingstone here – one of the very few politicians who spoke up for lesbian and gay rights throughout the 80s and 90s.”

    Why is it blinkered lefty twats like you cannot see beyond the ends of your own pink noses? It must be the gay-tinted spectacles.
    Ken was always pro-minority. Big fat deal. We are also part of a majority. Whilst he threw money at daft little black community projects, gay whist drives and Jewish bacon markets, the rest of London was being crippled by underinvestment. THAT is why most Londoners can’t abide the little weasel.

    MartinM: “As for Boris Johnstone – well he’s a homophobe. He’s a member of the Tory Party. And thanks to his decision to cancel the Pride reception at least he is showing his true, Tory, homophobic colours.”

    You are a complete fcukwit. Just because *some* Tories have displayed anti-gay leanings does not indicate everyone is like that. I can assure you Boris is FAR from it.
    http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01435/BorisGayPride2_1435616c.jpg

    You can’t even get his fcuking name right, so how would you know anything else about the man?, it’s JOHNSON, you illiterate imbecile.

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