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Boris adviser: We almost pulled funding for World Pride 2012

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  1. I am still at a loss as to why City Hall did not give full backing to the event?

    What a wasted opportunity for them.

    1. I suspect they thought they were – the article suggests that Pride only admitted to not having sufficient cash days before the event.

      Brighton has had the same issues. Pride not admitting to financial constraints then having to (in the case of Brighton) be bailed out by the council. Brighton now charges for the Park event and seems to be working out – both in terms of the park and cash donations to LGBT charities.

      I don’t know what can be done with London. There’s no park unless you reverse the march to end at Marble Arch and use Hyde Park. I do however know that I don’t expect my taxes to be used to just pay for a dance party. There has to be a political side to that which the Council (or Mayor’s Office) funds.

      1. PantoHorse 20 Dec 2012, 4:31pm

        Same here Ian – I don’t want my taxes funding a dance event that appeals to a very narrow section of the LGBT community. I know of two groups that were going to put forward bids – one seemingly very much by and for the community, the other a purely commercial venture. I’d not be impressed if it was the latter that one, but then the former has mostly commercial people on their board.

  2. Staircase2 20 Dec 2012, 4:43pm

    This isn’t news – we already knew this at the time

  3. mafia and company is here does not surprise me sure the bidder will be the one bringing the most money in boris pocket. we how all these politics work. it is not a great news it is corruption and family

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