Saturday, February 25, 2006

Dumb Quote of the Day

"Nicky darlin', elected office is about public service. It is NOT about getting carte blanche for any and every kind of outrageous behaviour. Kapiche?"
"Millions of Londoners elect the mayor and three unelected officials have removed him. An elected mayor should only be removed by the law or by an election." Nicky Gavron

On a disciplinary panel's decision to suspend London Mayor Ken Livingstone for 1 month (with pay) for a gratuitous antisemitic tirade against a Jewish newspaper reporter and for failure to apologise afterwards.

Document published by the adjudication board which delivered the decision can be found here .

'Findings of fact' can be found here.

David Laverick, chairman of the disciplinary panel to which the matter was referred concluded:

"The mayor does seem to have failed, from the outset of this case, to have appreciated that his conduct was unacceptable, was a breach of the code (the Greater London Authority code of conduct) and did damage to the reputation of his office ... it is the mayor who must take responsibility for this."

Source : The Guardian

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