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…

BLUSTERING BORIS

One principle Boris Johnson has consistently applied since his election as mayor last May has been to keep interviews with the media to a minimum. Anyone who witnessed his inept…

BORIS – THE WIMP!

In his column this week in the Telegraph, the Mayor raises the thorny question that most political campaigners face when delivering election literature and one that clearly plays on his…

BORIS – THE DEFENDER OF ‘SPIVS AND SPECULATORS’

Amidst all the debris of the collapse of Anglo-Saxon finance capitalism, we only have one prominent politician on either side of the pond defending the spivs and speculators, and accusing…

CONGESTION CHARGING FOR BEIJING?

Having been in Beijing for the whole of the very successful 29th Olympiad in August, and then attended the Urban Transportation Management Forum organized by the Shenzhen Municipal Government to…

BEIJING 2008 – SOME LESSONS FOR LONDON 2012

The spectacular Beijing Games of the 29th Olympiad, which l attended as a private spectator, were an enthralling sporting festival. Over 16 days we saw such dramas unfold in the…