Don’t forget to vote Sian Berry 1 and Ken Livingstone tomorrow people! Dave Hill has put together ten good reasons why.
He also has an amusing video from Ken’s campaigning in Southall on his blog.
Update: Just saw this piece in the Guardian where Andrew Gilligan is squirming all over the place in defence of Boris Johnson
“A lot of people say you can’t support a Tory because you’re a progressive,” he says. “Well, actually, in some respects the Tories are more progressive than Labour now. It comes down to this idea of what’s progressive. Under New Labour, the Labour party has forfeited progressiveness. It’s doing things like starting wars and imposing ID cards and locking people up for six weeks without trial.”
But Livingstone isn’t doing any of these things. So why try to get rid of the most leftwing Labour politician still remaining in power?
“But I don’t think he is progressive. Livingstone is the ally of some of the most reactionary forces in this city. I’m thinking of Ian Blair, I’m thinking of property developers he’s in bed with, I’m thinking of City big business.”
Does Gilligan seriously think that a Tory mayor would be less sympathetic to
“Yeah, I do. I really do.” The evidence he offers is, “I’ve been to business hustings, and it’s clear they want Ken to win.”
Oh dear oh dear. Boris, editor of the Spectator, a more leftwing candidate than Ken Livingstone? Andrew Gilligan is losing all respect.
And here is his explanation on why Boris is learning to respect ethnic minorities.:
People who believe in an agenda of equality usually consider it necessary to identify people’s differences, in order to redress inequalities. “No, I think the paradigm has changed,” he says. “Equality is not addressed in that way, actually. What you’re doing is sharpening people’s differences from each other. And what’s happening now is that people in ethnic minority communities feel insulted by this implication that they are Ken’s property.”
This seems odd, when the mayoral candidate notorious for insulting the voters has been Johnson. His reference to the “hysteria” of Sir William Macpherson’s inquiry into the murder of teenager Stephen Lawrence certainly insulted the victim’s mother, Doreen Lawrence, who expressed the view that his election would “destroy the city’s [multicultural] unity”. She was rewarded for her comments with a news story in the Standard, by Gilligan, attacking her for failing to declare that the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust had received Â£1.9m from the London Development Agency – and a column, also by Gilligan, calling her comments “outrageous, indeed Orwellian”. Surely Gilligan knows that what really outraged many Londoners – not just from ethnic minorities – were Johnson’s description of blacks as “piccaninnies” with “water melon smiles”, and Papua New Guineans as cannibals? Surely he understands how black voters feel about the Tory candidate?
“One of the things that’s happened with Boris,” Gilligan says, looking slightly uncomfortable, “is he’s quite clearly come to understand a little bit more. You see, the things he said about black people were not because he’s a racist I fundamentally do not believe him to be a racist. It was probably because just he did not really understand what London was like. Now, over the past nine months or so, he’s been round, and actually you can see his, erm … you can see his, his, er … his understanding growing.”
In the past nine months? “Yeah. You can see his, erm, his, er …” Nine months doesn’t seem like a very long education for a man seeking office over a population of which one third comprises ethnic minorities. “Well, I mean, it’s – I mean, there’s almost an element of an apostate.” He sounds increasingly uncertain. “Johnson has come round to the idea that, you know, he is, erm … There’s a strong argument for saying we’ve seen this in the past, that actually the best people – the best people to sort something out – are people who were previously perceived as hostile to the problem which they have to address. That has happened in the past.”
Oh dear oh dear oh dear…. Gilligan has been well and truly skewered.
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