Remember this:

“When, next month, the full (forensic audit) report comes out, and the GLA’s new cost-cutting chief executive, Tim Parker, starts work, we will see that second essential revolutionary moment: the part when selected victims are led out to the firing squad. It will be politically correct London’s equivalent of the credit crunch and, with any luck, it will be goodbye to the groundbreaking cycling-for-the-blind initiatives, farewell to the gay Bengali workplace sustainability forums.”

Well, Tim Parker didn’t work out too well, but Boris and the Bengalis are doing just fine.  Just look at the line up for Boris’s just-like-Ken-would-have-done £100,000 St. George’s Day concert in Trafalgar Square:

Date: Saturday 25 April 12.30 – 6.00pm
Location: Trafalgar Square
Summary: Contemporary music – English roots
Artists include: Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Bishi, Kathryn Tickell and special guests.

Bishi, for those of you who haven’t just looked her up on wikipedia don’t know, real name Bishnu Priya, is a London DJ and musician of Bengali origin.  Very modern, very showy, very inclusive, very not-what-we-were-expecting and all rather wonderful and definitely very 21st century England.  Certainly not what Gilligan was expecting, and I’m not sure the BNP were expecting either.  We do, however, have to thank Richard Barnbrook for inadvertently getting Boris to give the game away in Mayor’s Questions last July:

Question No: 1595 / 2008
Richard Barnbrook

Can the Mayor confirm how much funding he will be allocating to next years St Georges Day celebrations in London?
Answer from the Mayor:
A GLA budget allocation of £100,000, the same as 2008, and subject to approval, is currently projected for St George’s Day celebrations in 2009.

No word from the BNP on whether the line up is English enough for them, but outlandishly dressed females of Bengali extraction who name their albums after Angela Carter novels and cite Derek Jarman as an influence don’t play that large a part in BNP literature.  Hasn’t stopped them desperately trying to spin this as ‘Richard Barnbrook forces Boris to Celebrate St George’s Day’.  Yeah, right.  Look for the budget cut next year, he’s cutting everything else…

 

11 Responses to Red Boris And The Bengalis

  1. Cineaste says:

    You’re joking aren’t you? After all, Richard Barnbrook’s stint at the Royal Academy of Art saw him make the acquaintance of not only Tilda Swinton but also Derek Jarman himself, who influenced Barnbrook’s foray into film-making, HMS Discovery.

    Not only would I expect, nay, demand, to see him down the front for Bishi but for him to be backstage for an appreciation of the late director’s life and works. Or is he some kind of homophobic racist these days?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/richard-barnbrook-the-artschool-liberal-who-now-wont-allow-blacks-in-his-party-837840.html

  2. Helen says:

    I’d like to see the English actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar reprise his role as legendary English folk hero King Arthur in Spamalot.

  3. Tom says:

    “After all, Richard Barnbrook’s stint at the Royal Academy of Art saw him make the acquaintance of not only Tilda Swinton but also Derek Jarman himself”

    Bum. I’d forgotten that.

  4. BenSix says:

    Hehe, wonder if he’d still curl up with a copy of Sebastiane, though.

  5. Cineaste says:

    I wasn’t sure if you had forgotten or were just gently hinting at it.

    Either way, good show, old chap etc.

    I’d love to see Barnbrook on Derek Draper’s therapist couch (in fact, I’d pay decent money to see that.)

  6. Helen says:

    May Day has always been the big celebration around that time of year – if Boris wanted to be truly traditionally English, that’s what he’d be throwing his weight behind.

  7. Cineaste says:

    I’m sure Boris would look rather fetching in a morris dancer’s outfit. They could erect a maypole in Trafalgar Square and dance around it. Failing that he could send a deputy to do it, like he normally does. Or Brian Coleman, if there’s enough food and drink on offer in the VIP tent.

    Why do I get the impression this idea may already have crossed Munira Mirza’s desk?

  8. Helen says:

    I’d love to see the London Assembly Tory Morris Dance side – paramedics on standby, please.

    Whilst at a concert of traditional English folk music at the Purcell Room last night I picked up a brochure for Various Voices, a festival of music featuring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender choirs: http://www.variousvoices.com/ – to be opened by lesbian comedian Sandi Toksvig and Tory Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes.

  9. Martin H says:

    Boris is entirely to blame for the BNP’s ability to spin this. All he had to do was announce yet another GLA funded St George’s celebration but instead he had to play to the crown and claim it as a first.

    In doing so he allowed the truth to be stood on its head. What scares me is that even as RB sat in front of him taking the credit Boris still couldn’t bring himself to mention that we’d celebrated St George’s long before he was Mayor.

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