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Monday, 21 July 2008

Browne joins the Policy Exchange cabal at City Hall

Boris Johnson has appointed the Director of right-wing think tank Policy Exchange as his own 'Policy Director' at City Hall.

Anthony Browne will replace the departing transition chief and ex-director of Policy Exchange Nick Boles. 

He will join other Policy Exchange cronies Munira Mirza, Kate Hoey and Deputy for Spin Andrew Gilligan at the heart of power and influence in City Hall.

Browne who is most famous for his attacks on immigration, and adulation of David Cameron, will provide policy advice across the board to both Boris Johnson and his Deputy Mayors.

The decision to appoint the director of Policy Exchange comes after their report 'A Million Vote Mandate' was widely seen as a blueprint for the new administration. 

It also follows their earlier report on the demise of the Routemaster which became the basis of what was for many months Boris's only recognisable campaign policy.

His employment details and salary are not yet available and his appointment has not been briefed in advance.

But with the think tank now wielding huge influence and power within the new Tory establishment, it is time that we all learnt more about the what their agenda is for the city and for the country which they seek to rule.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a good job they're not a bunch of socialists eh? Otherwise the Double Standard would be all over them.

I guess it's a bit different when it's your own mates.

Bobbin said...

Well it's always different when you're going to get a slice of the pie yourself.

angelneptunestar said...

Who is getting what slice of what pie, I am not following this.

Sarah Hart said...

Another white man at the top. Just what's needed. Have we a breakdown now on the how the 'jobs for the boys' are working out. Even more startling with Ray Lewis gone.
Still, as Tim Parker has indicated, you have to have skills and experience to get beyond the glass ceiling.

The Tory Troll said...

'Jobs for the boys' is marching on unopposed in the new Tory party. Their defence is that they want the best people for the jobs. Which would be much more believable if they didn't keep on pulling those 'best people' out of such a shallow pool of applicants.

prj45 said...

Ahh bring it on; I was half hoping London wouldn't descend into a Tory farce but now I've given up and will be sitting with a G&T in front of the spectacle that's either going to finally destroy the Torys once and for all or end up with London being razed to the ground in a riot fuelled blaze, especially if these people get their hands on the police.

Chris said...

Browne is a complete arse. I have nothing more to say.

The Tory Troll said...

Is this your new catchphrase Chris?

Anonymous said...

This is disaster for London. Johnson's regime is overwhelming white and overwhelming male. London is returning to the default seting of white , male pale and stale. The really frightening thing is this is just the begining.

Helen said...

Disaster, indeed; The Million Vote Mandate is hair-raising. White males are disadvantaged, according to Gilligan's contribution.

The Troll said...

Well that particular pale stale male seems to have done alright out of the Ken era. Can't see much disadvantage there.

Green Gordon said...

Well, I guess Mirza and the Spiked lot used to be Left Wing, didn't they...? Sort of? A bit?

Ken Livingstone (press release) said...

“Anthony Browne’s extensive right wing track record, including his demonization of Muslims in an article headlined ‘the Muslims are coming – there’s no plot: Islam really does want to conquer the world’, and his divisive attacks on immigration, are an indication that Boris Johnson’s administration is deeply at odds with the needs of a multicultural city like London. The appointment of a figure with such a right wing record, combined with the proposals published by Policy Exchange under Anthony Browne, such as renegotiating the funding of the vital Crossrail project, underline what a huge backward step towards decline and failure is being taken under the new administration in City Hall.”