1710 Hrs GMT London Saturday 11 April 2009
KHOODEELAAR! evidential commentary on Brian Paddick’s piece about the ‘crisis’ in the Metropolitan Police [3rd instalment of the day 11 Apr 2009]
What is the logical, constitutional, democratic link between Brian Paddick’s piece in today’s Independent and the comments he had made in January 2008 ‘against’ Crossrail?
Loads of links!
Plenty of links.
Too many to enumerate. To list. To count.
[To be continued]
Muhammad Haque, London UK says... 3:47 pm Sat 12 Jan 08
I am writing to put on the record my sense of utter astonishment at coming across a quotation in your item apparently reporting the position on Crossrail as taken by Brian Paddock, one of the candidates at the scheduled 1 May 2008 election for the post of mayor of London.
You quote him as follows:-
There's a bias against commuters in south west London. Money going into projects like Crossrail don't benefit them at all," he said.
Did he actually say those words?
I am only asking this because in the period since he has been the declared candidate for the post for the Liberal Democrats, Mr Paddick has not come across as making any similar statement about Crossrail.
This is very serious.
Also, when he appeared on the ITV programme ' packaged as a debate between the three candidates including Mr Paddick and Boris Johnson and the incumbent Ken Livingstone, Mr Paddick was the one that opted OUT of that segment of the broadcast programme which was dedicated to the issue of CROSSRAIL.
In fact Crossrail was the subject that was shown on the ITV programme to have caused one of the main forceful exchanges between Johnson and Livingstone, with Brian Paddick fading out of focus!
So what is the point that he is making in the statement you attribute to him?
Also, he has NOT made any comment similar to the one you report him as having made apparently questioning the cost of Crossrail, about the Crossrail scheme in relation to the main role played by all the Lib Dem spokespersons on transport in London as evident on their records .
Nor did Mr Paddick question the promotion of Crossrail that was sung by Lib Deems MP Susan Kramer at the Third Reading of the Crossrail Bill as held in the House of Commons on 13 December 2007.
Equally, Mr Paddick has not disowned, on the record and in public the position on Crossrail as exhibited by any of the others in the Lib Dems party who have been part of the parade of the pro-Crossrail lobby over the past four years.
That parade has included the Lib Dem MP Lynne Featherstone who in 2005-2006 was one of the very few MPs that went to the verge of hysteria in denouncing both Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling for their alleged reluctance to provide the public funding for the Crossrail scheme.
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