Monday, 18 August 2008

Kate Hoey takes principled stand against her job

The Evening Standard are crowing about Boris Johnson's Sport Commisioner, and Labour MP, Kate Hoey's decision to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

"In contrast to the former Mayor of London, who was put up for three nights in a £1,100-a-night hotel before publicly defending China's human rights record, Hoey has boycotted the games "on principle."

Ah yes principle. Hoey has a lot of those. Like her principled stand against the ban on handguns. And her principled endorsement of Boris Johnson a few days before the Mayoral Election. Oh yes and her principled opposition to London holding the Olympics.

"Hoey, MP for Vauxhall, was recruited by Boris Johnson to act as his unpaid Commissioner for Sport. It was assumed she would be an obvious person to accompany Boris when he flys out for the closing ceremony, especially as her sports brief includes helping Britain build on the legacy of hosting the 2012 Olympics."

Well yes. Surely as a sports 'commissioner' Hoey should be out there doing, oh I don't know, some commissioning. The Standard will be unimpressed no?

Hoey has been a long term critic of Ken Livingstone. She was part of allparty group calling on police to investigate grants distributed by the LDA. She obviously finds Ken's cosying up to the Chinese equally unpalatable.

Oh yes Ken Livingstone. Are the Standard ever going to get over him losing the election? They don't seem to be.


Anonymous said...

It hasn't stopped Boris from making an appearance though. All hail Red Boris!

The Troll said...

Quite. It's all very well offering the job of Olympic Commissioner, to somebody who opposes the Olympics (Go Team Standard) but it's a bit of an empty gesture when you're taking part in the closing ceremony yourself.

chpaul said...

"Are the Standard ever going to get over him losing the election?"

shhh. Don't say it too loudly. Veronica might realise and then Gilligan will be out of a job.

Anonymous said...

Hoey is a Tory in all but name. I sometimes think the only reason she doesn't join them officially is because she couldn't bear being in a party where people actually agree with her.

angelneptunestar said...

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Ken going to Beijing if he was invited, he beavered away as London Mayor for 8 years, so why the hell not? It's not like we are paying for the trip.

The Standard are holding a poll on whether people think it is OK for him to go, results tomorrow.