Having said that, the presence of numerous blue-suited Chinese security personnel does seem to have added an unusually sinister aspect to the proceedings. Amusingly, they have provided the perfect opportunity to expose Red Ken as a lying bastard, as Londonist reports.
Well, a Metropolitan police authority report has revealed that said security presence cost a whopping £750,000. And while it’s not Londonist’s style to bluster about taxpayer’s money and wotnot, according to Lib Dem mayoral candidate Brian Paddick, the very same Chinese torch escorts that Ken Livingstone chided as "thugs" and denied association with afterwards, were actually authorised as part of a Greater London Authority agreement with Chinese officials.
Paddick said:The MPA report makes it quite clear, in direct contradiction to what Livingstone has told us, that the Chinese security guards were part of the legal contract between the GLA and the Chinese authorities.
For the Mayor to say he knew nothing about it—and would not have allowed it—is simply not true.
Whilst "politician lies like a lying fucking bastard" is hardly the most surprising news in the world, it is good to see Red Ken's untruths so neatly laid out.
Oh, and £750,000 for all of the police—will we just be adding that to the cost of 2012, or what?