March 2005 Archives

Why is the Mayor being so arrogant and secretive ?

Surely, if there is "nothing to hide", he has "nothing to fear" ?

The Sunday Times reports that:

"The Sunday Times March 20, 2005

Livingstone admits to a 'shredder week'
Andrew Porter, Deputy Political Editor

KEN LIVINGSTONE, the London mayor, has admitted that his office had a "shredding week" to destroy documents ahead of new disclosure rules under the Freedom of Information Act.

The admission, made during mayor’s question time at the London assembly, has prompted a complaint to Richard Thomas, the information commissioner.

Livingstone had been challenged by Sally Hamwee, a Liberal Democrat member, over his office’s inadequate replies to requests for papers.

He responded by asking his opponents to be "more precise" if there is "anything particularly juicy you want to get your hands on".

But he added: "There is almost nothing juicy in there; we never minute anything interesting. If there was, it was lost during shredding week just before January 1, 2005.

The comments have outraged his political opponents. They claim he has failed to release key documents on subjects including fare increases and salaries paid to top advisers and consultants."

"Graham Tope, leader of the Lib Dems in the assembly, has called on the information commissioner to ensure that the Labour mayor cannot hide behind "a wall of secrecy and silence".

He said: "Some of the key decisions since Livingstone took office have cost London taxpayers hundreds of millions yet we have been told very little about them."

"It is deeply worrying that the mayor has shown such arrogant contempt for freedom of information laws."

Livingstone's opponents wish to look at his claims in his re-election campaign last year that there were unlikely to be above-inflation price rises in public transport, which is not now going to be the case. Opponents say he must have had meetings about the increases with Transport for London before the mayoral election last June."

Email us if you are interested in being interviewd over the phone for this EC1 FM (87.7fm) community radio show, which seems to have a temporary licence between 14th and 24th March, operating out of City University:


I'm writing from EC1FM, a community radio station. We are doing a
short feature on the Olympic bid, and it's pros and cons, on Monday
morning. We are trying to find a guest that could explain their
reasons why they are against the bid. The interview would take place,
over the phone, at 11:04. Is there any chance you could put someone up
for interview? I would be very grateful for any help you could give

midmorning show."

At least they had the decency to give more than a couple of hours notice of their progrramme interview slot, unlike some broadcasters.

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