Johnson pledge to ‘unite London’
Boris Johnson, who attended the Sikh New Year festival, Vaisakhi, in Trafalgar Square, London, has pledged to be a “mayor for all London”.
Mr Johnson, who has a reputation for committing resounding political gaffes with ill-judged comments, says he is going to work to unite communities in the capital.
The mayor has declared that he wants to support events that bring people together.
He will be expected to build bridges with the city’s ethnic minority groups, after being accused during his election campaign of being a divisive figure who could not represent all of the metropolis.
The Vaisakhi celebration was the triumphant Tory’s first official engagement after his victory over Labour’s Ken Livingstone.
He dismissed suggestions he would not support such festivals as “a canard floated by the outgoing mayor”.
He said: “One of the wonderful things we have got in London is fantastic diversity – we have got the whole world in a city.”
Mr Johnson’s indiscretions have incurred the wrath of the cities of Liverpool and Portsmouth and he also caused controversy when he described past Tory Party in-fighting as “Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing”.
Papua New Guinea’s high commissioner in London objected to this comparison and drew an apology of sorts from Mr Johnson, who said: “I meant no insult to the People of New Guinea who I’m sure lead lives of blameless bourgeois domesticity in comparison to the rest of us.”
Men’s magazine GQ voted Boris Johnson its Politician of the Year at its annual awards ceremony on September 3.
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