Cyril Olsen says in his letter, (Mayor must be neutral, July 23), that my ‘Your View’ letter, (July 17), could be perceived to bring in to question the impartiality of The Star editorial team responsible for publishing readers’ letters.
This wasn’t actually my intention. I was just expressing how saddened I felt that so many correspondents appeared to be marginalising Magid Magid.
I am also well aware that Lord Mayors should conduct themselves in a manner that is politically neutral.
By banning Donald Trump, I saw this as not so much as a political gesture but one regarding human rights.
President Trump’s whole approach regarding immigration, equality of men and women and such like, goes way beyond politics after all.
As an immigrant himself, Magid Magid clearly felt that by not making a stand against President Trump’s visit to the UK he would have been failing the community he is serving, which includes ethnic populations.
However, in light of Magid’s list of 10 commandments presented on a poster at last weekend’s Tramlines Festival, he did, undeniably, cross the line with the eighth one, which was “Do not kiss a Tory”. No one can call that politically neutral by any stretch of the imagination.
I’ve always championed Magid and it’s hard not to have a soft spot for him, but I feel he’s gone a bit too far here. No, Magid, that’s not good at all.
He says that it was tongue in cheek, fair enough, but at times what you say tongue in cheek can turn round and bite you on the backside, especially if you happen to be Lord Mayor.
Sadly, I fear that if there are any repeat performances, he may not survive his year in office. He has so much to offer, but I really feel he’s going to struggle to maintain the political impartiality required in his role.