Alert as ever, we see our capital's debonair young mayor, Mr Ken
Livingstone, has just approved the spending of £15,000 on the drafting of a
series of amendments to various bills and acts that would, if adopted, have the
effect of abolishing the Standards Board for England. Astonishingly, the
Standards Board for England is the local government watchdog that gave our Ken
such uncalled for grief over his gracious and civilised remarks about the US
ambassador ("a chiselling little crook"), the Reuben brothers ("Go back to Iran
and try your luck with the ayatollah") and an Evening Standard reporter ("Are
you a German war criminal?...You are just like a concentration camp guard").
Obviously we wish the mayor well with this latest laudable endeavour, though we
fear some out there may see it - coming from him - as a slightly questionable
use of Londoners' money.
Indeed. Perhaps Ken may like to argue his case with his Labour Government friends - apparently they're all in the same political party - rather than use more of our money to do try and exact his revenge.