I received a nice letter from the Mayor today. I was inspired to write to him on 2nd October to follow up an article in the Evening Standard (see previous posting). I wrote to find out what he was doing swelling it up at the Variety Club do on 12th September. The Mayor mentioned the function in his October report but he failed to mention that he had spent £10K!
According to his reply the £10K of our cash he spent came from “my charity account”. As a personal guest of Lord Coe it appears that Livingstone did not have to pay for his own dinner but decided to use £10K of our council taxes to bid for a trip for two to the next Winter Olympics. I am all for plutocrats taking part in charity auctions but it smells somewhat when a public servant thinks that it is appropriate for him to take part in the fun with our money.
I have searched in vain on the GLA/Mayor’s website for any mention of this budget. I don’t think that any questions have been asked about it. How much is it? What is it spent on? I have asked the GLA Conservatives to ask some questions and hopefully put a stop to this. I guess this is hidden somewhere in the bowels of the overall budget of £11.8 million for the Mayor’s Office. Did Conrad Black and Barbara Amiel spend that much?
I sent my letter on 2nd October. They probably got it on 3rd. Judging by the stamped date they have held on to it for 28 days before replying. The reply was sent 2nd class. They are clearly doing everything they can to reply as slowly as possible. Cynical or what?