The U.S. refuses to pay. Rick Roberts, a spokesman for the U.S. Embassy insisted: "We pay our parking tickets. We honor every commitment we have except tax. We are good citizens." Many embassies in London pay the charge. The British Foreign office insists it "comes under the same category as parking fees and toll charges."
Tuttle's selection to the post was explained by the Telegraph in this bemused fashion:
Ken Livingstone has made his own assessment of Tuttle's refusal.
It is always satisfying when other people's politicians can speak the home truths that ours hide from.
Livingstone's constituents don't seem to mind the plain talk: