Snipe - The Scoop

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Is Simon Milton part of the secret 'Ken Left' cabal?

I'm only asking because of this from Andrew Gilligan:

"while (Boris's) sunny outlook is a key to his appeal, some of his more committed political supporters claim that a still overwhelmingly Ken-era City Hall machine is exploiting that same ecumenical good nature to frustrate change."

Those damn Kennites are holding him back again. So how will he manage to stop them Andy?

"In the War for Johnson's Ear, the forces of Livingstonite conservatism by no means always prevail...

Thank God for that.

"only last week, there was widespread relief among Johnson allies at the choice of an outsider, Barnet's Leo Boland, to be the new GLA chief executive, rather than an internal, Livingstone-era candidate."

Right. So where was this widespread relief felt then do you think? Among Boris's closest advisors perhaps? Or in the heart of the 'lone ranger' himself? Apparently not. 

According to a senior source at City Hall:

"The truth is that it was the Assembly members on the interviewing panel who were mostly in favour of Boland's appointment.

Jeff Jacobs (the internal candidate) was so strongly supported by Johnson, and Simon Milton, who was in on the interviews but didn’t have a vote or say, that the panel had to meet twice to finally persuade the mayor to accept Boland as the best candidate."

You better tell Boris to watch out for that nasty Sir Simon Milton, Andy. He's nothing but a goddamn stooge.

13 comments:

Tony said...

Get rid of Milton immediately! It is time for drastic action and there is only one man for the job. There is only one man tough enough to tell it like it is and that man is ready for his calling. Londoners, I give you Andrew Gilligan.

The Troll said...

Deputy for Purging?

Tom said...

Is the same Barnet who a) have tens of millions in Icelandic banks and b) are rumoured to be doing a Hammersmith and Fulham style slash'n'burn exercise? Which Assembly Members were involved?

His biog on the GLA site says:

"He has established the Council on a firm financial footing, having in recent years built its balances from near zero to £17 million, with council tax increases below inflation and government grants amongst the very lowest in the country."

*cough*.

LG Test Blog said...

Deputy for talking horseshit more like...

The Troll said...

Boland had a massive spat a few years back with Ken Livingstone after he joked that Boland must be on drugs during an Assembly meeting. Boland threatened to sue and the Standard were all over it.

I think it's pretty safe to assume that former chair of the assembly and Barnet councillor Brian Coleman is suitably pleased with the turn of events.

Mind you the current Labour Chair of the Assembly Jennette Arnold gave Boland a very warm welcome as well. Don't tell Gilligan that though. His head might start spinning.

Anonymous said...

Is Giligan able let a week go by without mentioning 'the anti-Boris bloggers?' Are you paying him?

The Troll said...

Yes, we call it the 'bile for advice' deal. He provides us with the bile and we advise him how not to be a twerp. It's a mutually beneficial deal.

Anonymous said...

Its very clear that the sole sources for the article were Ranger and Clement, two people more out of their depth you could not find. They could not think their way out of a policy paper bag.

Tom said...

Private Eye (which, to show off, I hadn't read when spotting the Iceland connection) says exactly the same things in Rotten Boroughs this week:

'Boris said last week "Leo brings considerable local government experience to this important role. He is known for running a tight ship with a healthy balance sheet [sic] and below-inflation council tax rises for borough residents."

The Eye claims that this might be misleading, as council tax apparently went up an average 8% a year between 2002 and 2006. The Conservatives have run Barnet since 2002.

The Troll said...

It's good to see them taking an interest in City Hall now. Maybe some other things could be passed on to them.

Letters From A Tory said...

Better the Devil you don't know, it seems.

The Troll said...

Can you expand on your thought please LFAT?

Barry Rochford said...

Remember, Milton was the steady hand on the helm during the summer months. He didn't want any idealogues (eg nutters like Tim Parker) as he knows what's needed to run a London borough and these blue-wode dyed Tories, on the whole do not. Is this a defeat for Milton who is above all competent and practical?