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.
- World Mourns The Demise of Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal - September 30, 2019
- The Earl and Countess of Wessex visit Sri Guru Singh Sabha in Southall, UK - December 8, 2018
- Direct Flights Between London Luton Airport and Amritsar - November 27, 2018
- Empire of the Sikhs Exhibition Opens in London - July 10, 2018
- Indian Athlete Dedicates Gold Medal to his Father - August 28, 2018
- Maharani Jind Kaur’s Jewellery Sells for £182,000 - July 5, 2018
- Lepra urges UK Government not to neglect Leprosy - January 31, 2018
- Could you give a Sikh child a brighter future? - January 30, 2018
- Roko Cancer Charitable Trust - January 22, 2018
- Royal Mail stamp to feature Princess Sophia Duleep Singh - January 15, 2018
- The Father of Fibre Optics
- India-pakistan celebrates Guru Nanak dev Ji’s 550th birth anniversary together.
- ੴ ‘Ik Onkar’ symbol painted on aircraft
- Gurbani was read in the US Senate Chamber
- EastEnders – The Panesar Brothers in the House