Two weeks after it was revealed that the anti-racist message would be removed from the Rise Festival and that Boris Johnson did not even know about it, City Hall now insist that the event 'is still an anti-racist event' after all.
There will be no anti-racist message in the promotional material of course and most people attending the event will be completely unaware of the change. But as far as Boris and his team are concerned, they will now be 'doing anti-racism for real.'
In a written statement Boris is quoted as saying:
'Rise is still an anti-racist event. But I see Rise as a celebration of what unites the diverse communities of London, not a negative event highlighting differences and focusing on grievances.'
Yes, there will be no highlighting of grievances this year. If you're a racist or a xenophobe then you can attend Rise without fear. Because this year, everyone is welcome. This year, the theme is 'bringing people together.'
The fact that all unions have pulled their sponsorship from the event, and that anti-fascist groups have condemned the move, is neither here nor there. Because as long as you're not a left-wing campaigner or a union activist, then this year's Rise is the place for you.
The BNP's Richard Barnbrook for one, has said he will be attending, and Boris Johnson will presumably turn up when he's told to. And with Munira Mirza on hand to calculate the percentage of white people, it should all be a rather jolly event...
Join Boris and Munira in celebrating their diversity, without highlighting their differences, at the freshly re-spun Rise festival on 13 July. Go along. Come together. Be diverse.