London Fashion Week (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
September 12, 2007
Question By: 
Dee Doocey
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The final point I want to make is that I think we need to be aware that when the LDA come to this chamber and give promises, frankly it is just an off-the-cuff reaction and it is absolutely not worth anything, and when you have a duty to protect the health of Londoners you will put it to one side when it suits your purposes.

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Answer for London Fashion Week (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for London Fashion Week (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

You can have a series of questions and answers in which we just formulaically read out what you have asked us. You then get into a debate, which is much more about what you think and where you might be going. I have often said things to you which I have not then been able to deliver on, not because I am wilful or malignant or misleading, but the nature of the kick-about we have here is not a sound basis for binding policy. It can often lead us in a direction where you sometimes say things and they end up changing my approach and they change our policies.

I just think that inevitably, occasionally Mary Reilly, or me or someone else, will say something we would like to do, and we are then not in a position to do it or in the debate that follows we recognise it might even be counterproductive, and that is what happened there. If you did not have Mary Reilly occasionally saying what she thought rather than what she has been mechanically briefed, you would have a much more boring meeting, as you would if I did the same. The only thing that makes these meetings tolerable is we all go a bit off message at times.