Last Weekend's Rise Festival may well turn out to have been London's last it was revealed today, after Boris Johnson's 'Forensic Audit Panel' suggested axing the event.
When Team Boris removed the anti-racist message from Rise, there was suspicion that it would be the first step towards scrapping the event altogether. This fear has been heightened by today's report.
On page 25 of the report ex-Sunday Telegraph editor Patience Wheatcroft suggests that:
There may be scope for reviewing the list of events offered through Events for London; it is possible that a detailed critical analysis could generate substantial savings, particularly if entire events such as the ‘Rise Festival’ (which cost over £300,000) were cancelled. Careful consideration should be given to the rationale behind such events.
Of course the cost of staging the event would have been substantially lower had Munira Mirza not taken the dogmatic decision to remove the anti-racist message from the festival.
The decision led to all participating unions pulling their sponsorship from the event, thereby significantly increasing the costs.
Of course what may well turn out be the more significant effect of removing the anti-racist message, is that it also removes any political 'rationale' for staging the event at all.
Because with no political message, it is essentially just a festival like any other.
And if Boris is to follow the advice of his hired panel of Tory axe-men, then this year will go down in history as the year that Rise was finally allowed to fall.