Bozza’s never far from people having a pop at a decision he has made, it seems.Â You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people all of the time, and some of all of the London people nearly all of the time in London, but it seems that you can’t please all of the Londoners all of the time, somewhere in London.
Anyway, City Hall has cut the funding for a number of multicultural events including Black History Month, Africa Day and St Patrick’s Day.Â Instead, however, we are going to have a USA! Day! at which we can all stand in the middle of London’s pavements, blocking pedestrians whilst trying to photograph a famous landmark and eating a doughnut.
USA! Day! is getting Â£100,000, apparently, which by our calculations still won’t be enough for the size of buffet you’d need to do the USA proud. Also, we’re not entirely sure what the point of it is, as if I went to New York on my holidays, the last thing I’d probably want to do is attend a street party where I could sing God Save The Queen and eat a slice of black pudding.
Another winner is St George’s Day, which is also getting an extra Â£100,000.Â However, the GLA isn’t, apparently, “a cash cow nor a financial lifeline”. The Mayor’s spokesman added, “The GLA does not own Black History Month or Africa Day, but we would hope community groups would be able to develop programmes that mark these in a similar way.”