In a manner that can only be described to as "dictatorial", I see Hizzoner Ken Livingstone has refused to accept the nominations of white male Conservative and Lib Democrat candidates to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA).
The Mayor refused to approve the nominations by the London Assembly and London Councils of: Brian Coleman AM (Con), Robert Blackman AM (Con), Roger Evans AM (Con), Geoff Pope AM (Lib), Mike Tuffrey AM (Lib), Cllr Colin Tandy (Con), Cllr Maurice Heaster (Con), Cllr Ed Butcher (Lib) and Cllr John Whelan (Con).
Ken Livingstone said,
“It is crucial that important public bodies such as the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority represent London’s diverse communities. This year’s nominations offered a real chance to improve the profile of the authority and address the serious under-representation of women and black and ethnic minority Londoners but sadly this has not been acted on.
What is crucial is that the LFEPA is capable of doing what it needs to do. It should not matter whether London’s "diverse communities" are represented – what is important is that they are protected – but, because this repulsive man is holding up nominations it will obviously mean that the LFEPA can not get on with the jub it needs to do. So, if an emergency does occur, people may suffer because of his bigoted meddling.
There are 1861 councillors of which 293 – around 16% – are from ethnic minorities. Of the approved nominations, four that I know of are from an ethnic minority background. Four is roughly 16% of the 25 seats on the LFEPA – in other words the "quota" has been filled – but Ken wants more. As long as they are not white men they’ll do for Ken.