London mayor’s advisor quits after ‘go home’ race rowJune 24th, 2008 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 24 (IANS) James McGrath, the deputy chief of staff to the mayor of London, has been forced to quit after advising Caribbean immigrants to “go home” if they did not like London. McGrath, who is an Australian and a key advisor to London’s new Tory Party mayor Boris Johnson, said his remarks had been taken out of context but accepted he would have to leave City Hall immediately.
Johnson is said to have decided to let go of McGrath after consulting with Tory Party leader David Cameron, who said the Australian political strategist had shown an error of judgement but that he was not “some Neanderthal backwoodsman”.
“I’m sad for James because I know that he is not racist and he is a good person, but in politics you have to make judgements all the time and we have to face the consequences of misjudgement,” Cameron said Monday.
McGrath made the controversial comments in an interview with a journalist who asked him to comment on the suggestion by black writer and broadcaster Darcus Howe that Boris Johnson’s election as mayor could cause an exodus of Caribbean immigrants from London.
He replied: “Well, let them go if they don’t like it here.”
McGrath later clarified: “To imply that I meant that all black people who didn’t support Boris Johnson should leave the country is utterly absurd and incorrect.”
Mayor Johnson said: “James is not a racist. He shares my passionate belief that racism is vile, repulsive and has no place in modern Britain. But his response to a silly and hostile suggestion allowed doubts to be raised about that commitment.”
- London mayor doesn't want to be PM - Aug 09, 2012
- Rupert Murdoch wants Boris to lead the Tories - Aug 01, 2012
- McGrath warns India against Australian quicks; backs Ponting - Dec 20, 2011
- McGrath ready to mentor Australian fast bowlers - Dec 18, 2011
- Aussie debutant George dubbed as 'Glenn McGrath with an outswinger' - Oct 09, 2010
- Johannesburg's Wanderers Test to go pink - Nov 17, 2011
- Australian bowlers need to be consistent: McGrath - Jan 04, 2011
- British guard stuns paperless Cameron - Jul 31, 2012
- After turning Sydney Test pink, McGrath turns to Lord's - Jan 03, 2011
- We will be better prepared against Johnson: Pietersen - Dec 22, 2010
- Ponting to sue Indian software firm - Jan 26, 2012
- McGrath backs Ponting to lead Australia to an Ashes victory - Nov 07, 2010
- Strauss, Pietersen on top of Bollinger's Ashes wicket-taking hit list - Nov 17, 2010
- Glenn McGrath, Sara Leonardi put their love on show at Centennial Park - Sep 17, 2010
- LeT founder wants Pakistani leaders to learn from Cameron - Jul 15, 2012
Tags: backwoodsman, boris johnson, broadcaster, chief of staff, controversial comments, david cameron, deputy chief of staff, exodus, good person, immigrants, james mcgrath, judgement, judgements, london mayor, mayor johnson, mayor of london, party leader, passionate belief, political strategist, tory party