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Mayor of London Boris Johnson will not attend WorldPride ‘Plan B’

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  1. Boris not attending, now that isn’t a surprise! This whole thing is now a complete farce and I doubt London will ever get the chance to host World Pride ever again!

  2. Very disappointing.

    Pride in London needs a new organising team, and prove for a few years that they can pull it off – and then reapply for World Pride!

    Even in the disaster that has happened it is still Boris failing to deliver on the promise he made in his election and demonstrating that his support for LGBT people is mere electioneering and lip service and does not form any real part of his motivation.

    1. Suddenly Last Bummer 4 Jul 2012, 11:47am

      Oh Elaine for pity’s sake, Boris is right to not want to get associated with this balls up of epic proportions. Will you be going? As for London reapplying for World Pride in future years yeah right. They had the opportunity to stage it in the same year as a certain event over in Stratford but have flucked it up big time.

      1. Boris has still reneged on yet another promise to the LGBT electorate

        1. That There Other David 4 Jul 2012, 12:10pm

          If the event had been scaled back to a couple of people with flags in Piccadilly Circus would you still expect him to turn up? How small does the event have to be before you right it off as the failure rather than Boris?

          1. So Boris’ support depends on the size of the event – thats cheap politics

          2. That There Other David 4 Jul 2012, 12:16pm

            Are you actually inferring that only those that turn up can be counted as supporters?

            I’m not going myself. What a complete homophobe I must be eh?

          3. Did you promise to attend, That There Other David?

            Did you do so in a very public election campaign?

            I suspect not.

            Boris did – and he is failing to deliver on his promise.

            So, no I do not consider (from what I have seen of you) a homophobe – and your argument to suggest that is a rhetological fallacy.

            Do I consider Boris a homophobe – probably not. Does he break his promises to LGBT people – Absolutely, he is a serial offender of doing this.

          4. That There Other David 4 Jul 2012, 1:02pm

            This event is an utter and total wreck. No politician would want to be associated with such an organisational disaster. In Boris’s position I also wouldn’t turn up. To do so publicises the shambles to a greater audience, damages the image of London with regards to LGBT tourism, and makes it more likely that future sponsors would stay away from Pride in the years to come. Really, it would be better to minimise the publicity about this now.

          5. You might be right about the event but a) Boris promised to attend and a significant event is still taking place in Trafalgar Square – he could still attend (but if LGBT people do not matter to him or its too triflingly small an event for him – well it speaks volumes of his commitment) and b) he has not made any statement about his reasons for withdrawing (as far as I can locate) – merely withdrawn – thats treating the LGBT communities with the amount of respect that we have come to expect from Boris – none.

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jul 2012, 12:46pm

      And where is the Out4marriage video he was proposing?

  3. That There Other David 4 Jul 2012, 11:39am

    Had the event been as scheduled, and therefore the chance for a photo opportunity with a success, he would have turned up. How many politicians want to be associated with something that has collapsed so badly into a shambles as this has?

  4. Suddenly Last Bummer 4 Jul 2012, 11:45am

    So apart from Boris and everyone else who will the organisers expect to actually show up for this farce? New organisers for next year please.

    1. Absolutely new organisers next year.

      Perhaps, don’t bother asking Boris to come – he will promise and not bother ….

  5. Jock S. Trap 4 Jul 2012, 11:56am

    Absolutely disgraceful. I expect All those responsible at Pride to to resign come Sunday. This is a complete embarrassment at a time when the World’s eyes are focused on us.

    What a travesty!! and what damage Pride London has done to it’s own economy… Our economy. This is hardly going to invite LGBT tourist to come back and support us.


    As for Boris well to be fair he doesn’t turn up to these kind of things across the board so it’s nothing personal. He has contributed £100,000 toward the event and for that I’m thankful.

    As for Westminster Council, well, they too should hang their heads in shame. One crook may have gone but it does seem that the council prefers to damage the local economy in whatever way it can.

    1. That There Other David 4 Jul 2012, 12:11pm

      100% agree on every point.

    2. Boris has failed in so many other prior promises – the excuses that the “event is now too small” might have washed if he had not failed the LGBT community in other ways, but not in this instance – it just adds to the catalogue of failures of LGBT people by Boris.

      1. Suddenly Last Bummer 4 Jul 2012, 12:28pm

        You voted for Ken this time round didn’t you?!

        1. No and I didnt vote for Boris either.

    3. Suddenly Last Bummer 4 Jul 2012, 12:28pm

      I wonder what the 100k was blown on?

      1. Jock S. Trap 4 Jul 2012, 3:29pm

        The stage event in Trafalgar Square I believe… or at least that was what the money was given for.

  6. Anthony Maxwell 4 Jul 2012, 12:13pm

    This is all down to very very poor management. The Chair of the board has quit, which I’m not surprised by, but this is a total embarrassment, when the world has it’s eyes on London.

    Just look at the shocking line up! This is not a political issue, it’s a management one.

    1. Its a management failure which caused the event problems.

      But an event is still happening – and its a political failure and a failure of LGBT people by Boris that results from him not attending.

      1. Jock S. Trap 4 Jul 2012, 3:31pm

        It isn’t either a political failure by Boris nor a failure of LGBT people by Boris. He doesn’t have to attend and he doesn’t attend other events like this no matter who they are aimed at. Plus giving £100,000 doesn’t suggest a failure at all.

        The buck stops at Pride London and Westminster Council…. no where else.

        1. Boris failing to attend is Boris breaching the promise he made in his election campaign.

          That failure is separate and independent of the scurilous failures of the Pride Management.

  7. Cardinal Capone 4 Jul 2012, 12:34pm

    I hope the Olympics is better organised.

    Next time have it organised by the super efficient Singaporean gay community; they just had an outstanding event called Pink Dot with 15,000 people, in a country where demos are illegal, but this one has official support.

    1. Jock S. Trap 4 Jul 2012, 3:32pm

      I hope the Olympics is better organised.

      lol… don’t bet on it!!

    2. it will be supported by boris as it is a straight event

    3. sylvatica 4 Jul 2012, 6:51pm

      I was amazed at the Pink Dot celebrations, and as you said, in a country where demos are illegal it seemed to be well organised.
      Congrats Pink Dot.

  8. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jul 2012, 12:44pm

    Well, they might as cancel the whole bloody thing. Incompetence isn’t the word. It’s a disgrace to London and the UK and it’s making us appear to be a second rate city. I’m staying away this year. We should NOT be allowed to host it ever again. It’s a wonder we were picked for the Olympics, another event that will be marred by rain, made no sense in the first place. Probably another cockup too.

  9. Craig Nelson 4 Jul 2012, 1:00pm

    London Pride is caught in a pincer movement between an at best disinterested London Mayor and a very disinterested Westminster Council. Very side as spotlight falls on London this year.

  10. Aryu Gaetu 4 Jul 2012, 1:23pm

    So, who ran off with all of the money, leaving nothing left for any events?

    1. That There Other David 4 Jul 2012, 2:54pm

      They wasted it through poor organisation, because they couldn’t organise the proverbial. And this happens again and again, because the same faces with the same lack of skills keep getting given what money is available. A complete clear out is required, nothing less.

  11. David Wainwright 4 Jul 2012, 3:36pm

    It seems to me that PRIDE has LOST the PLOT and should return to its roots as a PROTEST instead of being frogmarched into the gaping hungry jaws of the cash registers which is Soho , people should head for Hyde Park where it all began and should be hosted and merely SIT DOWN .
    PRIDE is a PICNIC .

  12. if people would read the article properly they would have noticed that once again westminster and GLA and mayor of london showed how much they don’t care about pride

  13. Charlie-o 4 Jul 2012, 6:02pm

    On the bright side, at least it won’t cause traffic problems.

  14. Actually I will agree with you, Aiden – the money could be better spent either combatting right wing extremists like you or proviging you with the psychiatric care you clearly need (not least for the pathological lies you tell).

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jul 2012, 8:39pm

      It looks like ex-gay voodoo therapy didn’t work on him doesn’t it? Quite obviously it proves that praying way the gay didn’t work either let alone other forms of aversion therapy. Even Exodus International admitted recently that it doesn’t work, the largest ex-gay ministry on the planet.

  15. At least politics in this city are consistent : the Olympics are the de-facto Corporate Games, so what else could naive Londoners expect from Pride, that itself has lost its spirit and has evolved into a commercial enterprise ? Nothing.
    And it cannot change unless this city changes its attitude.
    London is driven by one thing only : greed…all the rest is mere decorum.

  16. This is all so depressing. A few years ago I went to Europride in Stockholme and it was a fantastic event. Ihave attended London Pride very year for 14 years including the year we hosted Europride. This year it’s our Capitol cities first ever chance to host World Pride, in a year that we put on a great show case for the Jubilee and we have the Olympics just weeks away and we can’t even manage to put on an event equevalent to a normal London Pride.
    The facts around the financing of this event are becoming clear, it was not a case of not having sponsorship to pay for the event but not having the money up front that the departments of the Met Police and Westminster Council wanted.
    This situation is something that the GLA and Mayors office have been fully aware of and yet they have decided to do absolutely nothing about. It’s not simply about a betrayal of an election promise to the LGBT community by Boris but about significantly embarrassing our whole community. Shame on you Bobut decide

  17. Did anyone read the article? In order for the march to go ahead it must be exist as a ‘protest’ rather than a ‘celebration’. As such, it would be inappropriate for the Mayor to attend.

    1. Inappropriate for the Mayor to attend a protest for LGBT equality

      Is he that cowardly a politician?

    2. Gemma Gillon 5 Jul 2012, 12:46am

      The thing that worries me is it is being conducted under HM Public Order Act and NOT HM Human Rights Act….

      1. Why does that worry you?

        The Human Rights act covers every situatio.

        All protests/large gatherings are subject the Public Order Act – thats usual.

    3. Staircase2 5 Jul 2012, 1:24am


      How can it be ‘inappropriate’ for the Mayor to attend a protest march?!

      If he supports the cause then he jolly well SHOULD…

      And in real terms its only a ‘protest’ march for the benefit of the bloody MET – it should be a bloody REAL protest march! (against Boris Johnson, Westminster Council, the MET and all the people who originally campaigned against having any LGBT celebration in Clapham…!)

  18. Gemma Gillon 5 Jul 2012, 12:33am

    London is to be sold to international markets such as China and Arab nations the world over. London will be on parade this year as the Olympics take part. Conservative governments have picked up on the fact LGBT parades don’t sell London to these parts and so have thrown you a busted flush, guess what the kicker is you will maybe find some LGBT big wigs complicit. I would demand a full financial inquest.

  19. Hmmm…. all these people here finding excuses for Boris Johnson not attending Pride – despite having made a public promise to the contrary. Do they also give Nick Clegg a free pass on tuition fees?
    Either politicians should be held to account for the promises they make or they shouldn’t. But if you don’t believe in the accountability of politicians, then don’t complain when they ignore the electorate elsewhere.

  20. Staircase2 5 Jul 2012, 1:20am

    I hope every one of the snivelling idiots who bleated so disgustingly about Ken Livingston pre this year’s mayoral elections and took every opportunity to toe the Boris PR line is now thoroughly ashamed of themselves…

    and if you’re not then you bloody well should be…

    However incompetent the Pride organisers have been, it beggars belief that the Mayor would neither step in to sort out such a globally important event for London nor have the bloody decency to walk at the front of the march.

    I can’t believe the lies that people told in an effort to smear Ken’s support of the LGBT cause. There is no WAY that Ken would not be on the march were he to have been elected back into office.

    Its a bloody travesty all round!

    1. Steve Hughes 5 Jul 2012, 1:15pm

      Of course would have been on the march, all his cronies would be there as he’d have given all the big contracts to his friends, then he’d have siphoned off the rest into his private company so he could ‘loan’ himself a wage…. Don’t kid yourself, Ken is the biggest muppet of them all, say what you will about Boris, but under Ken this city would be way more penniless than it is now!

  21. Julian Morrison 5 Jul 2012, 2:40pm

    Well, good. When a straight Tory mayor can lead Pride, that tells you that it has been completely defanged.

  22. gattagiudecca 5 Jul 2012, 9:59pm

    For all the LGBT people who voted for Boris, hope you are happy that he has given you the 2 fingered salute. The Mayor of London should be at this event, regardless of the mismanagement of it. It just shows he couldn’t care less about LGBT people. I am sure he will turn on the charm the next time he needs our votes and I am sure the Boris apologists will happily forget about this incident. I see the Boris apologists are out in force for these comments. Coming up with spurious reasons to defend him and trying to change the focus of the comments away from Boris. I’m glad I didn’t vote for him! Shame on Boris and shame on LGBTs who voted for him!

  23. Robert thomas 6 Jul 2012, 10:00am

    Forget about next year. We were given the ultimate prize to host World pride and made a complete and utter failure out of it.

  24. Robert thomas 6 Jul 2012, 10:23am

    I disagree with not going to Pride even though like everyone, i feel deep anger with the incompetence with all concerned . In the true spirit of Pride and for World Pride and our international guests who have made a financial sacrifice to visit London, lets go and Stand tall and take our own drinks

  25. Johnson wrote that “if gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog”

    He doesn’t support the gay community, unless he’s after votes.

  26. P. Edwards 7 Jul 2012, 8:09am

    With the Olympics just weeks away World Pride 2012 has it seems now become a complete fiasco with Pride more appropriately dubbed Shame. Why anyone should be surprised that Boris is not attending amazes me. He is a politician after all and we should all know never to trust what they say when they are after our votes. I was fortunate to attend some of the early Prides when they were less of a festival and were making more of a protest and a political statement around Gay Rights. Perhaps we all need to remember back to those days to ensure that the rights we have gained today are not eroded. The Gay Community and Gay Youth in particular appears to have forgotten those past struggles around equality and today could now present us with the opportunity to once again focus on what has been achieved and how we can protect those rights going forward. Let’s hope therefore we can still turn 2012 Pride around and celebrate as after all this is OUR DAY!

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