Dear Mr Livingstone,
Like many Londoners I was appalled to read in yesterday's Evening Standard that one of your senior advisors has been accused of channelling huge sums of taxpayers' money to a network of companies which have done little or no work in return. I was then amazed and furious to read that Lee Jasper is accused of personally directing taxpayer-funded bodies to mount political attacks on your rivals. Is this true? Do you confirm or deny these reports?
Do you think it right that bodies funded by the Mayor's office should be bullied into issuing misleading and intellectually dishonest attacks on your political opponents? You must realise that millions of hard-working Londoners are entrusting you with their hard-earned cash. What we need now at the very least is an inquiry into Mr Jasper's role in steering LDA expenditure, and we need the audit trail showing exactly how the money was spent. I believe you must now persuade Londoners that you know (a) how the money was spent and (b) that it was
spent in their interests. Otherwise I am afraid you will have forfeited any right to represent the financial interests of the people of London. You cannot just stick your head in the sand, and you cannot claim that this is just politically motivated.
We are all Londoners together - of whatever community - and it seems that we are all being ripped off by some of your closest associates. You owe it to Londoners to call an inquiry now into a growing scandal that threatens to undermine not just your own credibility, but the credibility of the institutions you purport to run.
I note that I have still to receive a reply to my letter about the scandal in the
expenses of the Metropolitan Police. You are meant to have oversight of the police budget. Have you taken any steps whatever to inform yourself of what is going on? Any further delay will serve only to heighten the impression that there is a growing culture of dishonesty in the administration of London.
A couple of months ago I threatened to sue a website called Blink. They were critisising Boris for the so-called Watermelon remarks and were insinuating that Tory bloggers like me, Tim Montgomerie and others were racist. It was written by a chap called Lester Holloway. After I eventually caught up with him the piece was withdrawn from the Blink website. I'm told today that Lester Holloway has resigned from Blink, saying all the things he was forced to write about Boris in the way that he did. Nice people, these Livingstone supporters. Thugs is another word.
Andrew Gilligan's full story on Lee Jasper's antics can be read HERE.