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Yet more Livingstone antics

Today Livingstone is hosting 'The state of London Debate', with the aim being "a chance to discuss with London’s policy makers the reasons behind London’s success and how it can remain successful in the future".

I have had a look at the speakers, all 83 of them, and done a rough and ready sorting into politicians, wonks, lobbyists and the like.

This is what I've divined:

Elected politicians: 16, of whom two are Conservatives.
Livingstone's office, advisers etc: 10
Quangocrats: 13
Media types: 3
Arts / sports: 5
Special interest groups / lobbyists etc etc: 24. Of which, there are three from Muslim organisations including that nice, moderate Mr Bunglawala, and fancy, no Jews.
Business people: Gita Patel of the remarkably obscure Stargate Capital Management and Alistair Soyode of BEN TV. Both are very specifically ethnic minority businesses.

CEO's of FTSE 100 businesses, senior partners from Big Four professional services organisations, senior partners from 'Magic Circle' law firms, Lloyds brokers, London Stock Exchange, money market figures etc etc : Zero.

Given that "Londoners have always known they live in a great city – a place where people from around the globe come to do business and enjoy all that the capital has to offer. Now an official report identifies London as one of the most successful cities in the world" what chances are there that this particular set of people is going to have much insight into the successes of the City of London - the engine of the London economy?

Cross-posted to ABK.

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Anonymous Verity said... 1:15 pm

Croydon is right. The City of London is what has made London a centre of the universe for hundreds of years. How exactly is that lovely Mr Bunglawala, dripping charm and elegance - although I understand after a few bevvies at 74 Charing Cross Road, he does tend to let his hair down - going to contribute to the discussion? He doesn't seem to know much of anything except how to post insults from Reuters in Sweden while sitting in London.  

Blogger hatfield girl said... 3:11 pm


Socialist Action, Redmond O'Neill, John Ross.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:16 pm

HG - Much appreciated.

Ross and O'Neill, both employed in Livingstone's office, are at the conference, and are / were "members of Socialist Action, a small and secretive Stalinoid sect of Trotskyist origins".  

Anonymous this guy (non-billionaire) said... 4:11 pm

No wonder they admire the City. Funny, under Mrs Thatcher, they used to complain bitterly about the champagne Charlies.

London's not very succesful for those workers trying to get on the housing ladder. Mais Ken le Rouge s'en f***. (Par'n my French)  

Blogger The Hitch said... 4:47 pm

If you have to ask chances are you will never have a fucking clue.  

Anonymous Nomad said... 3:15 am

Keep working at it Mr C; you are daily getting closer to discovering the motivation for people like Verity, TT, HG and I to reside elsewhere.  

Blogger james higham said... 8:34 am

The state of London? Is the man mad?  

Blogger Guthrum said... 6:24 am

Run into Gita Patel's outfit three years ago, whilst Capital raising, unfortunately I was not a 'wimmin'  

Blogger Reliapundit said... 1:20 pm

red ken. yuch.TAB's readers woud enjoy learning about this.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:24 pm

I was thinking about cross-posting to TAB. I'll give it a bit of a re-write and do just that.  

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