Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vain Drain

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vain Drain

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FIRST A [pound]280a-head party to launch a poverty initiative, now a [pound]100 bill for the taxi kept waiting while an actress interviewed the Mayor for his own publicity purposes.

When Labour first proposed to give London its own government, there was one big objection to the otherwise powerful arguments in favour. This was that, if the new authority had powers too limited to achieve much of value, as was always likely, given Blair and Brown s authoritarian tendencies, it would find itself driven to spend public money on pointless gestures instead.

The evidence suggests this is happening already. Perhaps the new economic strategy of the London Development Agency, launched with a reception costing [pound]140,000, will do something for the capital s poorest areas.

Lunch on this scale for a few worthies, however, sends completely the wrong message. As for Helen Mirren s interview for a newsletter most people will treat as junk mail, it is hard to see what that can do at all, apart from contributing to the mayor s personality cult. …

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