BNP-JAMAAT SMASHED IN BANGLADESH POLLS, AS ELECTORATE VOTES FOR SECULARISM

A source of major embarrassment for me since my election to the London Assembly in 2004 has been that the government in my ancestral home was a right-wing alliance between…

IMPROVING AIR QUALITY IN ASIA’S CITIES

Last month the Better Air Quality in Asia (BAQ) biennial conference was held in Bangkok. It highlighted one of the most pressing issues for the mega cities of Asia –…

BORIS ‘KILLJOY’ JOHNSON?

One of the first things Boris Johnson did in May, as the new mayor of London, was to ban the drinking of alcohol on public transport, particularly on the Underground….

Mayor Boris Johnson cuts half a million from environment budget

The Labour group on the London Assembly today expressed horror as the Mayor slashed almost half a million pounds from his environmental budget. The cuts come on the same day…

BORIS MUST STAND UP TO FREELOADING DIPLOMATS!

It remains a continuing scandal that, nearly six years after it was first introduced, many embassies in London are still refusing to pay the Congestion Charge. Their justification for this…

Assembly calls for Twenty20 cricket at 2012 Olympics

The London Assembly has called for Twenty20 cricket to be included as a showcase sport at the 2012 Olympic Games. The text of the motion, which was proposed by Murad Qureshi…

WHAT’S IN A NAME? PLENTY

Last night’s landslide victory for President Barack Hussein Obama was not only a victory for people of colour but also for people with foreign-sounding names. Obama had faced ugly innuendos…

LONDON’S REAL MARKETS

While all the focus in recent times has been on financial markets and bailing them out, at City Hall on the 23rd of October I chaired a meeting of the London…

MORE ON CONGESTION CHARGING IN BEIJING

China Daily has published my article “Time for congestion charging in Beijing?” You can also join in the discussion at China Dialogue.

DON’T BE FOOLED – BNP IS STILL RACIST AND FASCIST

Having leafleted against the British National Party with Unite Against Fascism during the recent by-election campaign in Hampstead Town, I was pleased to see that the BNP candidate received a…