Would the Mayor agree with me that it is welcoming that Angie is talking in support of the Carnival? I am sure you would agree with me that one of the problems about Carnival is the mixed messages that are around and surely the issue is now how we can actually all work together to actually make the messages much clearer that Carnival is a real experience, it is the largest street festival in Europe and that people do want to come to it. The other thing that I think we ought to consider is that at that weekend there were a number of activities in boroughs and across the country celebrating a number of things.
So let us not just got to the negatives and say "It is Carnival losing its pulling power". I do not believe that; there is no reason to suggest it is but I do think " and I hope you will agree with me " that one of the problems that we have got is that people have got to stop talking down Carnival when it suits them and then looking to say negative things about it. Let us all look at it and see what we can all do to actually send the message out to Londoners that this is the best event that they can attend on an annual basis.