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Ken Livingstone

Week 18: Prat – Ken Livingstone

May 9, 2016

Last Week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone Cast your mind back to 7 July 2005. London had been the subject of four bombs on its transport network during the morning commuting hours.  56 people were dead.   Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister as attending a G8 summit […]

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Great Political Speeches #4: Ken Livingstone Responds To The 7/7 Attacks

July 7, 2015

Ten years ago today terrorists attacked the London transport system in the middle of the morning rush hour with four separate suicide bombs, killing 52 people. Tony Blair, the then Prime Minister was at the G8 summit at Gleneagles.   His reaction was platitudinous and has been rightly wholly forgotten by history. The then Mayor of London, […]

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Week 18: Prat – Ken Livingstone

May 4, 2015

This week’s Prat of the Week Award goes to former Mayor of London and Labour NEC member for his support for the corrupt former Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman Back in the local elections last year Labour were convinced that they would back control of Tower Hamlets Council and that their candidate, John Biggs […]

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The All That’s Left Labour NEC Slate

May 29, 2012

2012 is a year of great contests: the European Football Championship finals, the Olympics and Paralympics, the US Presidential Race, the French and Greek elections, the London Mayor. The biennial elections for the six places on the constituency section of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee probably do not quite figure in that league.  However, as […]

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London Election Round-Up

May 6, 2012

There are a lot of elections to digest this weekend: not only the London elections and the local government elections in Scotland, Wales and a number of English authorities, but also the French, Greek and Serbian elections being held today. But first, London.  The one ray of sunshine for Cameron on a dismal night for the […]

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Is Boris Really Coasting To Victory?

April 30, 2012

According to the most recent polls, the damage the government is doing to itself is not playing out in the London elections.  Today Populus published a poll showing Boris Johnson 12 points ahead of Ken Livingstone on both the first and second rounds.  That is double Boris’ winning margin in 2008 in the second round. […]

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Why All Londoners Will Have To Pay If Ken Loses

September 28, 2011

Given how far off the next general election is, it is not surprising how light the Labour Party conference has been on specific pledges.  One of the clearest was for an election next year: Ken Livingstone’s pledge to cut, then freeze and then control public transport fares.  See the clip below… I think there are […]

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Policing’s Thieves

July 17, 2011

No, despite having picked two members of Her Majesty’s constabulary as our Villain and Prat of the week, this is not another go at members of the Metropolitan Police. Instead, I want to focus on a recent decision by their political masters in London, Mayor Boris Johnson and his deputy for policing Kit Malthouse. In […]

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Latest Mayoral Poll shows Ken lagging behind his party

June 27, 2011

Last week, YouGov caused a bit of excitement in London with its latest poll of voting intentions in the capital. It held good news for both Labour and the Conservatives, and marginally better news for the Lib Dems than some polls last year. The bad news for Ken Livingstone is that his support is lagging […]

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Brum Night-mayor

May 25, 2011

I’m a bit of an agnostic when it comes to directly elected mayors. They work well in some places and terribly in others. For example, I think Ken Livingstone showed what a directly elected mayor could achieve that a traditional council leader could not in his two terms in London: his leadership over introducing the […]

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