Don’t Call Me Dave wishes all his readers a Happy New Year. At the same time, he intends to have a moan at the £1.8 million cost of the firework display organised by Boris Johnson.
The event was financed by the London Development Agency and the office of the Mayor of London - or taxpayers to use the correct term.
We are in the midst of a financial crisis. Due to the profligacy of Gordon Brown and his discredited Labour regime, the current government has been forced to implement the most severe austerity measures of a generation. Local Authorities the length and breadth of the UK - including the GLA - are similarly being required to make massive budget cutbacks.
There is no question that it was a most fantastic and well organised display, but public servants who face redundancy in the coming weeks, and residents facing the loss of vital front line services will not be impressed that money can none-the-less be provided for a giant party which, quite coincidentally of course, portrays the Mayor in a good light.
We expect our political leaders to lead by example. The Conservative Prime Minister has pointed out that we face tough times in the year ahead. The Conservative Mayor of London, meanwhile, appears to be singing from a different hymn sheet.