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By Breaker (Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:42:02 PM EST) (all tags)
Oh how to vote. 

Inside: Breaker's utterly unbiased guide how to vote tomorrow!

Siobhan Benita - Independent
Ex civil servant.  Moderate, wishy washy platform with no real deadlines, costings, no appeal other than "I'm not Boris or Ken".  Manifesto Rating - incomplete, uncosted and wildly aspirational. 

Carlos Cortiglia - British National Party                        
That well known, solidly AngloSaxon name is going to endear him to the far left nutters of the BNP faithful.  Manifesto Rating - halfway between Communist party and Socialist Workers party, with a healthily sprinkled yet utterly repellant dose of racism on top.

Boris Johnson - Tory
Floppy haired incumbent toff who hasn't made things any worse, apart from the drinking on public transport ban which has been perfectly observed by the hard working employed non problem drinkers, and totally ignored by the unemployed drunken scum pissing it up on the busses.  Manifesto Rating - a ten point plan, touch of Mao there, times two.  But no wild promises of Mayoral spending.  A few lies on social housing, a few stretches on crime, but no real proven skeletons in his record so far.

Jenny Jones - Watermelons
Cat-arsed faced darling of the BBC, hoping to stir the leftist protest vote in her favour.  Manifesto Rating - halfway between the Socialist Workers party anf the faeries, with a strong mix of anti business regulation, anti car driving, anti everything planned.  Unless we're paying each other to plant trees, give homeopathic reiki massages, it will be taxed, delegitimised or banned.

Ken Livingstone - Labour    
I have lost count of Labour's more credible members distancing themselves from this newt lover.  Anti Semitic, extremist Islamist welcoming toss end.  Manifesto Rating - promises to resign if he has not frozen tube fares until the end of time.  Misses the fact that whatever the colour of the rosette - we don't trust any politicians a single bit anymore.  The minute you make a "promise" is when we count down to when you break it.            

Brian Paddick - Liberal Democrats                    
Got hammered last election, before the LumpDims had anything like power in the country.  Nice enough bloke when I met him (he hid under the same tree as I was last year when it pissed it down raining).  He'll pay for Cleggs mistakes.  Manifesto Rating - pointless.

Lawrence Webb - "Fresh Choice for London" - aka UKIP
Exactly why they've decided to hide the UKIP tagline here I've no idea.  You'd have thought they might try to emphasise the wider UKIP platform of a low tax, low interference policy of government, but there you go.  Manifesto Rating - going for low tax, squeeze more productivity out of public services that people need and binning the ones they want.

So those are the choices, and my brief write up of the candidates.

Later this week I will truthfully disclose my actual vote, but you may amuse yourselves by placing the candidates in the order you think I would vote for them in your comments below.

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London Mayoral Election Tomorrow | 12 comments (12 topical, 0 hidden)
Update! by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed May 02, 2012 at 06:48:41 PM EST
Yes I know that you get a 2 vote priamary ans secondary vote in the real election but I'm asking for a list of all candidates.

I think you should by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed May 02, 2012 at 07:19:41 PM EST
try and get this published in one of the national papers quick

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
Don't be silly! by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed May 02, 2012 at 09:24:14 PM EST
Everyone knows that minority persons can't be racist. Only people with privilege knapsacks can be racist! You have a LOT to learn about sociology, pal!

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Religion's still fair game though, right? by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #8 Thu May 03, 2012 at 12:27:09 AM EST
How about creeds? Fuckers don't seem to have creeds anymore, but I'll be damned if the wrong creed tries to sit next to me on the bus.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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the dude who by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed May 02, 2012 at 10:12:44 PM EST
wants to bring back the busses from 1953

Breaker Guesses by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #9 Thu May 03, 2012 at 03:22:21 AM EST
1. Paddick
2. Borris
3. Webb
4. Benita
5. Ken

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
You're Voting Coalition by jump the ladder (2.00 / 0) #10 Thu May 03, 2012 at 03:42:01 AM EST
Paddick first vote and Boris second vote is my guess on your vote.

For mayors... by Metatone (2.00 / 0) #11 Thu May 03, 2012 at 04:11:04 AM EST
I think the French system of two rounds does more for discussion than the "put all your preferences on the form" setup.
At least that way there could have been some kind of challenge to Ken as representing the alternative to Boris.

Having lived in other places around the world, I'm a lot more twitchy than most people seem to be about the fact that  Boris seems to have been the person who recommended the Evening Standard editor for the job.

Of course the main reason Boris has earned my ire is his sticky road wheeze to try and avoid being taken to court for doing nothing about the air pollution. Anyone with kids who lives near a high traffic area should realise that failure on this issue is doing real damage.

<shrug> Just another day in right wing UKia I guess.

I voted by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #12 Thu May 03, 2012 at 08:20:25 AM EST
For Ken Livingstone (Labour) then Jenny Jones (Green)

I'd guess you would have voted Lawrence Webb (UKIP) then Boris Johnson (Conservative)

I think it can be tempting to fall into a kind of reflex cynicism, but I don't think the London mayors have been terrible, if only because their power is so limited. Going back to Ken at the start, you may not like the Congestion Charge, but road pricing is an impeccably capitalist market-based idea that the right have been arguing for for ages. It was implemented remarkably smoothly for such a big and radical project, it's raised money, and it's a pragmatic fusion of left and right ideas.

I'm not a big fan of Boris Johnson, but he hasn't done anything disastrous. I think the scrapping of bendy buses and the "new routemaster" are wastes of money, but a lot of the electorate seem pretty keen on them and he's given them what they want.

Across London, transport seems to have been greatly improved in recent years, partly due to money, but I think also partly because London needed a city-wide government to integrate things.

So overall, I think the London mayors have been pretty good as far as politics goes, no-one's done too bad a job so far.

Also it's good to see two candidates who really loathe each other fighting it out and yelling at each other in lifts and so on. It's not just all about spin-doctors and triangulation.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

Is that by Scrymarch (2.00 / 0) #13 Thu May 03, 2012 at 10:00:44 AM EST
Mainly a vote for a successful devolution of power?

From afar the Scottish assembly and London mayoralty seem like two genuine improvements in UK government in the last decade. Even better that both Mayors have not been fully n line with the national party - just showing the significance or the London powerbase.

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Yes by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #14 Thu May 03, 2012 at 01:32:23 PM EST
I think it's been a success, though the power of the London Mayor and Assembly is very limited by most city's standards.

I think the lack of a city-wide government between the abolition of the GLC and the creation of the Mayor and Assembly led to a lot of pointless coordination problems ( e.g. the train companies that wouldn't take Tube tickets), which now have a chance of being addressed.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?

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"Fresh choice for London"` by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri May 04, 2012 at 03:22:00 PM EST
Apparently that was a mistake, they wanted it to be "UKIP: A Fresh Choice for London" but forgot to include UKIP on the nomination form.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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