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Sunday, April 20, 2008

London Elects

London braces itself for the elections for Mayor and the London Assembly on the 1st May. While there are officially 10 candidates for London Mayor (including one representing the vile BNP), realistically its really a straight head to head between the incumbent Ken Livingstone and the comedian that is Boris Johnson.

When Boris first announced his candidacy it was a bit like your mate in the pub saying he was going to compete in X-Factor or American Idol, in other words a bit of a joke. In my view this joke has gone a bit too far as all of a sudden his candidacy is being taken seriously as there is a significant percentage of Londoners who have pledged to vote for him as he has a certain 'laddish' coolness.

While I am not the greatest of fans of 'red' Ken, I think he has a genuine passion for making London a world class city. However the congestion charge has impacted upon our lives, it has significantly reduced congestion in central london and is now being used as a model to emulate in major cities across the world. London buses have improved a lot from the days when you had to wait half an hour and 4 would arrive at the same time. And its no great coincidence that London won the race for the 2012 Olympics under Ken.

I used to laugh at Boris's buffoonery myself, as he is irreverent of authority and undoubtedly very intelligent but his style of idiocy I don't need in a mayor. His comments dismissing the Macpherson report, his referal to Tory leadership disputes as like "Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing" and the "piccaninnies" comment makes him completely unelectable for anyone of colour in my book (lets also not forget he had to apologise for condoning an article that claimed black people have a lower IQ).

Make sure you vote on 1 May and enjoy the American style dig at Boris Johnson's candidacy from Youtube below.

9 Comments:

Anonymous ebele said...

I'm voting for Ken 'cos it's better the devil you know. He also has some great ideas as well as a certain glint in his eye. Also, for some insane reason (but that's just me all over), I find his accent reassuring.

12:36 pm, April 24, 2008  
Blogger Morountodun said...

@Ebele - His accent ke? LOL. What has that got to do with anything?

4:13 am, April 29, 2008  
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4:13 am, April 29, 2008  
Blogger Doja said...

The only reason I will be voting is to keep Boris out. I am tired of the labour party which I have voted for years, these days they are winding me up with stupid policies.

8:09 pm, April 29, 2008  
Blogger naijalines said...

Like Doja, I'm voting mainly to keep Boris out. Ken needs to do a lot more on crime and disorder.

8:40 pm, April 29, 2008  
Anonymous ebele said...

morountodun: like I said, na me all over? ;-)

It's a shame ole Kenny boy lost. After the comments Boris previously made, us non-blondes need to watch out.

I watched Question Time last week and to tell the truth,I wasn't too impressed with any of them. Instead of each candidate talking about their individual strengths, they were plain bitching about each other, digging into each other's weaknesses like pit bulls. I switched off after 10 minutes.

9:35 pm, May 02, 2008  
Blogger Morountodun said...

@ Doja & Naijalines - Like you I voted in an attempt to keep Boris out. I think Ken has made a few mistakes but at least he has shown he cares about London. I worry about what the next 4 years will mean for Londoners under Boris and in the preparation for the olympics too!

@ Ebele - I watched the Question Time through and I also was disappointed at how negative it was. I think it also had something to do with the way it was chaired though.

10:58 pm, May 02, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Election time soon come again. Let's vote Ken!

10:22 am, April 09, 2012  
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