This is the poster for last year's event. Note that it is sub-titled "London United Against Racism," thereby proclaiming the festival's social and political purpose as well as its musical content. Indeed, Rise has been an explicitly anti-racist venture since its inception - initially under the name Respect - in the mid 1990s. The GLA has been the chief organiser of Rise since 2001 and is so again this year. However, the draft GLA poster for Rise 2008 contains no reference at all to anti-racism. I know this because I've seen it (and would let you see it too but for a technical problem I cannot yet solve.) Is the absence (so far) of an anti-racism message from this key element of Rise 2008's promotion a sign of Mayor Johnson's determination to cleanse what he calls "political correctness" from everything under his authority? And wouldn't you like to know?