The grave consequences if Boris Johnson gets re-elected


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8:50 am - April 30th 2012

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contribution by Jon Trickett MP

We now know from this week’s Sunday Times Rich List that the billionaires are getting richer by the day whilst the rest of the country faces austerity and lengthening dole queues for the young. The richest 1000 gained an extra £155 billion in the last 3 years alone.

While stark figures reveal that the poorest 50% of Londoners have less than 5% of financial or property wealth, the richest 10% now have 65% of financial wealth and over 45% of property wealth.

Some people might want to continue to regard “Boris” as a mere buffoon- harmless, affable and entertaining. But he is far more dangerous than that.

He emerged out of the very core of the 1%, and is located at the centre of the most dangerous group within an already dangerous Conservative Party.

A Boris Johnson victory would embolden Osborne and unleash a further dynamic within the Tory party to tighten the austerity.

Now we see once again Boris acting as a right wing outrider for the 1% with his suggestion of further tax reductions in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph, aimed not a helping the millions of Londoners bearing the brunt of his Party’s austerity drive, but at benefiting the vested interests in the City.

These are the stakes which are in play in the mayoral election.

For those who find this argument exaggerated or hard to believe, we should recall that he was amongst the first to advocate a tax payback to the richest in our country.

It is irresponsible of many in the commentariat to ignore these issues and to pretend that the mayoral election is only a battle between two personalities with no real national consequence for the wider society. Do not believe this for a second.

On Friday Mr Clegg encountered mothers who are going without meals in order to feed their children. He said you would have to have a cold heart not to be affected as if their plight had nothing to do with the Government of which he is the Deputy Prime Minister.

But the voters must not think, like Clegg, that they can wash their hands of responsibility for their actions on Thursday if they fail to vote against the Tories.

Let every voter in London understand that their actions on Thursday can either accelerate the austerity or contribute to the resistance.

It is time to resist.

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1. the a&e charge nurse

Boris the bogeyman, eh – so, a golden opportunity for the left to offer a more credible candidate, somebody able to articulate the issues that BoJo would prefer to sweep under the carpet?

But who is that person – I mean if the left can’t even put up a decent fight in ‘Olympics’ year doesn’t it suggest that there is a dearth of talent or ideas in the wake of Blairism?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/interactive/2012/apr/27/london-mayor-candidate-chooser

This is Labour’s message this week, I see – “if Boris gets in, the Government will” – well, what? Carry on governing on centre-right principles? It’s a centre-right government.

No mention, now, of your candidate, who you finally realise is toxic because he’s a vile, repulsive, divisive piece of shit. And no mention of how the mayor affects Londoners, and certainly no mention of your candidate’s policies which is the biggest and most blatant political Ponzi scheme out.

By the way, I’d drop the BS about “the 1%” – I know you’re led by an overgrown sanctimonious student union politician, but it’s no reason to adopt the rhetoric of a bunch of middle-class pretend-Marxist undergraduate prats.

So Boris is the 1% because? As Mayor of London he is paid a large salary which puts him in the 1%? Wouldn’t this also apply to Ken who is paid enough to be one of the 1% even when he isn’t mayor? Or is it because he won a scholarship to a public school, or even was awarded a 1st at Oxford. Anyone who gains a 1st at Oxford is definitely one of the 1% top academic achievers.

Grow up. The Mayor of London runs London, not the UK.

4. LondonStatto

I am a London voter. Is this kind of hyperbolic nonsense supposed to encourage me to vote for Livingstone? You can’t even bring yourself to name him!

Jon Trickett, you sir are a buffoon. Can we please get some sensible Blairites advising Ed. They at least know how to seduce voters and win elections. All you seem capable of is insulting them.

6. Man on Clapham Omnibus

Worth posting just for the ammusement Test has provided. If Ken gets elected a least he’ll do something unlike Boris whose only claim to fame is making London one of the most polluted Cities in the world.

making London one of the most polluted Cities in the world.

That in itself is a rather deluded comment. Even as a hyperbole it’s nonsense.

Not a word about London in any of that.

Which shows how much the mayoral election is about national willy-waving, and how little it is about London and Londoners.

Why other cities want to replicate this is beyond me.

As per usual Boris’ opponents and critics spend their time wailing about how terrible it will be if he gets into power again instead of coming up with any ideas for alternatives.

Come on less of the scaremongering and more of the POLICIES!!!

@8 – I mean, nothing about London policies. ‘London’ does get a cursory mention somewhere in there.

@9 – to be fair, Boris has hardly been talking about policies himself. In fact, he’s hardly talked about anything, instead happily letting Gilligan go swift-boating on his behalf. Ken seems to have had a stab at talking policy – but his online fanclub has got bogged down in absurd bunfights with the Boris crowd, doing Ken no favours at all in the process.

The whole thing has been a gushing torrent of drek.

12. Alisdair Cameron

Blimey. Not only could you not find room to mention anything positive about Ken Livingstone in your piece, but you even chose not to spend any of your 395 words mentioning him by name…That omission speaks volumes.

Hey, Jon Trickett MP

You make it sound like Boris is Pol Pot. Please grow up. So he is the core of the 1%…so what? Ken Livingstone is also the 1% (not that you mention him). So is Ed Miliband. What precludes people from being mayor if they are the 1%. This is ‘gang colour’ politics at its lowest.

14. David Watts

Good grief. It was bad enough that unwashed trustafarians drone on about the 99% vs the 1% without a Labour MP joining in the idiocy.

15. Shatterface

Nothing bout Ken.

Nothing about London.

Boris picks his nose and looks at it.

16. A Suggestion

Ken Livingstone managed to nobble the Labour Party selection with his band of pet Trots. Labour should have stood up to him before. However, the party lacked the courage.

Talk to most Labour MPs, campaign workers, and full timers and the’ll tell you what they think of Ken Livingstone. But they won’t do it in public, for reasons of party loyalty. The very thing that Ken Livingstone lacks himself.

As a result, Labour will probably lose an election that it should have walked.

If Ken Livingstone wins, the future is even worse for Labour. Ken Livingstone will be the most visible and prominent Labour figure. As a result, the voting public will begin to associate the Labour Party with Ken Livingstone’s George Galloway act.

Next time, Labour has got to confront its own demons.

“Talk to most Labour MPs, campaign workers, and full timers and the’ll tell you what they think of Ken Livingstone”
Lots of MP’s and full-timers are Blairite careerists, they’ve never liked Ken, some of them supported the stich-up in 2000. Remind me of the result of the Labour vote between Oona and Ken?

Why the mention of Clegg when he is not standing for election as the mayor?

Paddick is the LibDem candidate for mayor.

Resist by voting for Ken?

Of course if Labour had picked a serious candidate Boris would be toast,but instead they chose the old retread Ken.Talk about an own goal,Boris is almost certain to win,too many people simply cannot stomach this candidate,a truly shameful choice.

21. john reid

Of course If Boris wins and there’s not enough police for the Olympics, I’tll be A disaster too.


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