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July 17, 2008

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Helen

Ken spoke to Riz Lateef on the BBC London TV news yesterday evening, the item was introduced with the same, erroneous "Millions wasted" headline but the reporter went on to say that there was no evidence of this in the report. Part of Ken's response is reproduced here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7508819.stm

"Speaking on BBC News, Mr Livingstone said there was no identification of the tens of millions of pounds that were said to be wasted in the report and no projects were listed.

"When you actually plough through all the 90 pages, they can't specify any of this.

"There are also different priorities mayors have," he said.

"I made the decision that should we have a tourist attraction in Newham, that can bring a million tourists to this borough. I think that's the right decision, they don't agree with it."

He also said that everything had to be cleared by auditors and treasurers."

A very good point made by Ken is that one in ten of all new businesses fail, so the Wheatcroft Witchhunt's shocking revelation that grants were given to some endeavours that subsequently failed really is neither here nor there.

Helen

More bollocks from The Standard here: http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-mayor/article-23517251-details/%27Millions+were+wasted%27+on+Ken%27s+East+End+aquarium/article.do

Biota! is not "a huge aquarium", as the extensive information on the Zoological Society Of London's website explains: http://www.zsl.org/biota/the-biota-concept/the-project,140,AR.html

Peter Watts

The dismissal of Biota! is particularly disappointing.

Does anybody at the Standard actually like London?

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