Sunday 15 July 2007 7.19pm
The Mapmaker wrote:
>>I do think think his bumbling persona will count against him if he's expected to to be the main diplomat/face of London on the international stage
What tosh! He is Mayor of London, not London's Ambassador to the UN, what's the relevance of the 'international stage'! His job would be to keep the tubes running. My pet rats (that used to come out of the sewers and join me for supper sometimes) could do a better job than Ken.
The Mayor is the elected representative for London and so represents the city. You can read about the Mayor's responsibilities at london.gov.uk. London doesn't have a "UN representative" and never has done!
The current incumbent used his oleaginous charms to woo global big-wigs in bringing the Olympics to London, set up the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, and promotes London on a global stage to promote economic development - the Mayor needs to push London ahead of its international competitors. His reaction to 7/7 and the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes were seen around the world.
The Mayor of London does
need to be an internationl diplomat, because London is an international city.