A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, June 11, 2007

"Not the candidate the party leader actually wanted"

Full marks for persistence to Steve Norris who has yet again put himself forward to be Tory Candidate for Mayor of London.

This latest effort is more than slightly undermined by his own comment less than two months ago (after David Cameron's botched attempt to get a joint candidacy with the Lib Dems in the shape of Greg Dyke):

"The unfortunate reality for whoever the Tories choose is that Ken will also know they are not the candidate the party leader actually wanted."

Note "for whoever the Tories choose", which obviously includes him - as he must have known when he wrote it.

Norris has already set out his vision for London over the last two elections and it would have been a disaster - abolition of the congestion charge; cuts to the bus subsidy; less investment in public transport; no extra resources for the Metropolitan Police Authority.

His opposition to the congestion charge shows his unwillingness to take tough decisions - and it means that if he was elected there would be no move to emissions charging for the zone, meaning no action against the gas guzzlers and 4x4s clogging up central London (showing the sharp difference between Cameron's "green" rhetoric and the reality of the Tory party in London - we've had similar locally in Hackney with obsessive defence of car use from opposition to controlled parking to trying to stop a 20mph zone around a school).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a rumour doing the rounds that the Tories on the London Fire Authority voted today against paying cleaners the London Living Wage, and that the full authority will now have to meet to decide whether to pay this rate.

1:15 pm, June 11, 2007

Anonymous Ivor said...

re anonymous...

According to this on the GLA website...

...the Tories have today voted against paying cleaners in fire stations the London Living Wage of £7.20 an hour. The three Labour members on the finance committee voted to pay the living wage but the Tories voted against. It will now be voted on at a full meeting of the fire authority.

4:52 pm, June 11, 2007

Anonymous ivor said...

On his weird and whacky New Statesman blog, over-the-op right-winger Brian Coleman is getting a bit of stick for his vote against paying cleaners a decent living wage:

12:54 pm, June 12, 2007


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