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Why does the skin colour of London’s next Mayor matter one toss, Margaret Hodge?

9 February 2015

6:30 PM

9 February 2015

6:30 PM

Shocking news belatedly reaches me that the Labour MP Margaret Hodge has pulled out of the race to become the next Mayor of London. I am not sure how London will cope without this colossus, but there we are. She said: ‘I actually think the time is right for us to have a non-white mayor.’

Oh, DO you, actually? Is it possible to be more patronising than this? Why does the colour of a candidate’s skin matter one toss, you privately-educated, minted offspring of a multi-millionaire? It may well be that the best Labour candidate for mayor – David Lammy – happens to be black. But to suggest one should vote for him on account of his skin colour is repulsive and, I would suggest, racist.

Mind you, I couldn’t give a monkey’s who ends up Mayor of London, if I’m honest. Jihadi John, Rolf Harris, Dominique Strauss-Kahn – none of them would surprise me or interest me that much. London – you’re welcome to it.


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