Mayor Wars! Joe Anderson hits back after Boris Johnson's Beatles gaffe
11 Dec 2013 08:46
London Mayor insults Liverpool...again
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson hit back at Boris Johnson’s claim that The Beatles owed their worldwide fame to London rather than their home city of Liverpool.
The London Mayor’s comments were made in a speech he gave at the London School of Economics (LSE), called “London, the gateway to Britain.”
In it he said: “The greatest band in the world came from Liverpool, but in the end they recorded their stuff in London and it was London that helped propel them around the world.”
His remarks were widely ridiculed on social media with Mayor Anderson joining in on Twitter.
He said: “See Boris or the "Fool on the hill" at it again claiming London made the Beatles nothing to do with the talent or songs of Lennon+McCartney.”
In response to a question about The Beatles he added: “The biggest and best ever pop group who shook the world other Beetles are what inhabit Boris's brain.”
David Bedford, an expert on The Beatles’ Liverpool roots who has written books on the subject, said: “It’s typical nonsense from Boris. Liverpool is the only city that could have created The Beatles and made them what they were.
“If you wanted to say a second city that was important to them you would say it was Hamburg, where they played for hundreds of hours in nightclubs. John Lennon said ‘we were born in Liverpool but we grew up in Hamburg.’
“They had to be in London because that was where the media was centred and happened to be the place where they made their records.”
It is not the first time the Mayor has incurred the wrath of people in Liverpool.
In 2004, before he became Mayor, Boris Johnson had to apologise for comments made in a 2004 Spectator article about Liverpool FC fans involved in the Hillsborough disaster.
He caused outrage on Merseyside when the magazine he edited claimed “drunken fans” had played a part in the disaster.
The same article claimed locals “wallow” in their “victim status”, following the murder of contractor Ken Bigley in Iraq.
The former MP was forced to go to Liverpool by the then Tory party leader, Michael Howard, to apologise in person for the remarks.
But he appeared to have settled his differences with Hillsborough campaigners after the publication last year of the independent report into the disaster, saying the eight million people of the city he runs “stood alongside” the people of Liverpool in their pursuit for justice for the 96 fans who died on April 15, 1989.
The Mayor was invited to address the LSE as part of a series of talks about the future of the United Kingdom.
...here is what the buffoon looks like. He is half Russian and half Turkish and born in New York...inspiring figure isn't he!