Boris Johnson and the Arts Council, London are battling it out. Earlier this month, the mayor was thwarted in his attempt to nominate a political supporter, Veronica Wadley, as head of the council. Critics including current Arts Council England head Liz Forgan said that Wadley had “almost no arts credibility,” while culture secretary Ben Bradshaw blocked the nomination, saying it violated conventions against cronyism.
Boris Johnson has refused to back down. After at first threatening to leave the post open, he has now started the search to fill the position from scratch, suggesting that he would pick Wadley if she applied again.