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Friday, 15 January 2010

Boris Johnson unaware of his own USA Day event

There's been much controversy over at The Guardian and elsewhere over Boris Johnson's plans to spend £75,000 on a USA Day.

Much has been said about what this means for Boris's transatlantic policy and his wider political philosophy.

Personally I think the event sounds like a good idea, but it does seem as if we've all been wasting our time a bit:

Vanessa Feltz: While you're on the line Mayor Johnson, rumours have reached us that you have found £75,000 for a special USA Day. Is this true?

[Pause]

Boris: Err... Pass Vanessa.

Vanessa: What do you mean pass? This isn't Mastermind.

Boris: [Nervous giggle] Er it sounds to me. Er what we are certainly doing is er, trying to promote tourism...[waffle]

It may be that what you're talking about is a plan to get... I think associated with the National Football League. I'm looking at my. I'm looking at Rebecca. Rebecca is nodding....

These plans were first signed off by Boris last summer, and I spotted them again in written answers he gave last month.

Good to see that he still has his eye on the ball.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is anyone in there Boris?!

AdamB said...

Well Boris is. Not sure what he's doing half the time, but he's certainly there.

AdamB said...

-Update- I just dug this one out from the archives. Anti racist festival? What anti-racist festival (4 minutes in)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSI9ToOAdpc

Chris said...

Boris Johnson in head stuck up own arse shock!

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

His bumbling thang is wearing thin now, as is the idea of a USA day.

Harold said...

Hope he doesn't emulate George W as that pretzel looks as it may choke him

yorksranter said...

Anyone else remember one of Stephan Shakespeare's projects, BritainAndAmerica.com? Do you reckon there might be the odd crazy neocon in City Hall?

AdamB said...

Well there's Boris. There's also several Policy Exchange people as well of course.

ConHome have the"anti-anti-americanism" offshoot America in the World still, but that's become much less keen on the place since Obama was elected unsurprisingly.

Anonymous said...

The idea of a USA day is embarrassing neo-con nonsense. There is no need for a day to highlight American culture as we are saturated with it already. We even help them fight their wars.

Where festivals etc are most useful is to try to redress the balance a bit vis-a-vis cultures which are normally marginalised. Needless to say Johnson doesn't value these at all, hence his cancellation of Rise, the biggest anti-racist festival in Europe.

Even when Johnson does put an event on, he's an idiot. People will recall the St George's Day fiasco when Johnson claimed to top Livingstone in his "pro-Englishness" while actually spending less than Livingstone did...

- Mellie

AdamB said...

I don't really see a problem with it. There are plenty of US expats in London and £75k isn't a huge amount of money to spend on them and tourists.

Personally I think Boris should be spending more on these kinds of events rather than cutting back on them as he has done.

It would help of course if he actually took an interest in these matters. As it is, he's clearly not even reading what decisions have been taken for him.

Anonymous said...

But why do you need a US day for ex-pats? If they want a bit of their own culture, all they have to do is turn on the TV or go to the movies or eat at McDonalds. And US tourists don't come to Britain just to see loads of US stuff. What would be the point?

There are better ways to spend the money.

- Mellie

angelneptunestar said...

Anon this was a business decision. US tourism brought in £1.8B in 2008.

Anonymous said...

It is about time that Boris Johnson handed in his resignation because he is out of his depth and makes statements like a con merchant.How in Gods name he is stll Mayor for London is beyond me and most people I know. It is a complete disgrace.Even Mr Bean would make a better Mayor for London.