'When was the poll and what was the question asked?' says Damian Hockney, leader of the UK Independence Party group which has announced its support for the Paris bid instead of London. The UKIP group has called for a full disclosure of financial details and then a referendum of Londoners to decide whether to stage the Olympics.
Yesterday UKIP at the assembly asked Ken Livingstone whether:
1.he would release full costings of London's Olympic bid
2.he would undertake to publish a credible, independent assessment of the full costs of the Games
3.he would allow Londoners a referendum on whether to proceed with the bid.
So far he has not responded. Instead, Mr Livingstone's officers have told us that 70% of Londoners support the Olympic bid.
They have quoted from an International Olympic Committee Report, but forgot to mention that the IOC's own assessment showed that London had the lowest public support for its bid of all the listed cities.
Vague comments about 'new investment, transport, jobs and housing' are inadequate. UKIP has raised serious economic arguments that rely on evidence from past hosts of the Games whose taxpayers are still paying.
UKIP has also asked for a proper, independent assessment and for accurate information. It has asked for a referendum to give Londoners the chance to give their real opinion.
Ken Livingstone has not responded. UKIP and the people of London are still waiting.
UKIP caused a sensation at the London Assembly when the team unveiled a big banner featuring support for the Paris bid.