Boris Johnson – a tad hypocritical on Carol Thatcher’s ‘racism’?
Mr Johnson continued: "I don't think she should have been fired... If someone says something a bit offensive, then as a producer... you take that person to one side and you say 'Listen, you've got to understand we've all got to work together and you've got to watch what you say and you've got to be sensitive'.
"But I don't think you fire someone, I really don't," he added.
This will be the same Boris Johnson who sacked James McGrath as his political adviser, who had said nothing more than that Caribbean immigrants should go home if they did not like London. He had not made any reference to Africans having ‘watermelon smiles’, or referred to crowds of ‘flag-waving piccaninnies’, or mentioned anything of ‘Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing’.
God forbid that anyone in politics might use such offensive terminology.
The Mayor insisted that Mr McGrath was not a racist, but his view was that his continuing employment would be a distraction and provide ‘ammunition’ to the Mayor’s critics. And so he was exiled to Australia.
Surely, if someone says something which may be interpreted as being offensive, then as Mayor, you take that person to one side and you say...