When it’s Ken Livingstone it would seem.
The story so far: Ken Livingstone says he’s called in the police to investigate allegations against Lee Jasper and, as a result, has suspended him. He also says the allegations against Jasper are nonsense, which did cause a few people to ask the question of why he was reporting someone to the police when he didn’t think they’d done anything wrong…. (wasting police time, anyone?). But anyway, he says that someone under police investigation has to be suspended for their job, so suspended Jasper was.
And now: the police say actually, despite Ken’s comments, they aren’t investigating. As Brian Paddick put it:
Last week, Ken Livingstone suspended one of his closest aides, Lee Jasper, saying he wanted to enable the police to investigate the allegations of malpractice and corruption made against him.
“We now learn from Scotland Yard that there is no such police investigation taking place. It begs the question why was Lee Jasper suspended in the first place?”
Meanwhile, Lee Jasper is in trouble over yet another incident – this time his interview with The Voice newspaper backing Ken Livingstone in the London Mayor election, saying he is “the candidate of choice”.
The problem with this? Lee Jasper is employed by the GLA in a politically restricted job. The GLA’s rules on what politically restricted staff can’t do include this bit:
e) Speak to the public, at large or to a section of the public, with the apparent intention of affecting support for a political party.