I know and have worked with James McGrath. He is a hard working and straight talking guy, as such I would imagine that he would describe his comments as stupid, or knowing him in stronger terms than that.
Darcus Howe's comments were provocative and ridiculous, as was Marc Wadsworth's question. James let himself be provoked.
His off hand statement has caused embarrassment and has handed our political opponents an opportunity to pick the scab off allegations of racism. These allegations were damaging and distracting during the campaign and this episode is damaging and distracting now.
Like it or not, this has been caused by James' remarks. James is not a racist and his remarks were not racist but they were insensitive
James resigned and Boris accepted his resignation, I understand both of their actions. It is difficult for me to say what I would have done because I haven't had to deal with the mountain of unfair criticism that Boris has had over the last 10 months.
Boris made a tough judgement call and agree with it or not it was a decision forced on him by the answer that James gave. I find it ironic that some of Boris' most passionate critics demand forgiveness and loyalty from Boris while displaying little towards him themselves.
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