Its the last day!


by Sunny
30th April, 2008 at 4:07 pm    

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
big business?

“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 £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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  1. Gurpreet — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:17 pm  

    That campaign bus was a little more than embarassing!

  2. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:20 pm  

    it’s the last day for Livingstone as mayor London?

  3. Hermes123 — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:28 pm  

    Is it better to vote for Ken first and Sian Berry as second preference? Or maybe the other way round….this second pref stuff is very confusing. I just want Ken to win.

  4. Sofi — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:29 pm  

    and what do you say to all those who cant be bothered voting?(arghhh how annoying)

  5. sonia — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:30 pm  

    buy them something to go and vote. like a pint of beer or something.

  6. sonia — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:31 pm  

    dunno why they never set up polling booths in pubs

  7. Gurpreet — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:31 pm  

    i rekon if your served free food at polling stations you’d get a better turn out

  8. Sunny — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:36 pm  

    Ha ha, Gurpreet that’s a great idea. All the Indians will be there in no time.

  9. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:37 pm  

    i rekon if your served free food at polling stations you’d get a better turn out

    That’s descrimination against anarchists.

  10. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:38 pm  

    discrimination even. My head’s full of mince today.

  11. Gurpreet — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:40 pm  

    “That’s descrimination against anarchists”

    ah well, you can’t please everyone

  12. Sofi — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:44 pm  

    Discrimination against the tee-total and then the anarchists. Oh my we are getting desperate!

    >>i rekon if your served free food at polling stations you’d get a better turn out

    Funded by the taxpayer no doubt..yes, I can see that working longer term..

    I wonder what the voter turnout will be. Intelligent guesses, anyone? Hope its > 37% ..

  13. Ashik — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:47 pm  

    I’ll vote for an independent.
    Londoners deserve neither Ken nor Boris

  14. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:49 pm  

    I know what would be better than free food or hosting it in a pub. Why not have it that each polling station will have a special celebrity voter who will make an appearance at some point in the day — tho no one knows when. And after s/he votes they will do a signing session at a separate table. Oh and free scones too (but no raisins and bring your own butter/marg so as not to make too large a dent on the public coffers, and you’d have to sign a disclaimer re: any allergies).

  15. Gurpreet — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:53 pm  

    “I know what would be better than free food or hosting it in a pub. Why not have it that each polling station will have a special celebrity voter who will make an appearance at some point in the day — tho no one knows when. And after s/he votes they will do a signing session at a separate table. Oh and free scones too (but no raisins and bring your own butter/marg so as not to make too large a dent on the public coffers, and you’d have to sign a disclaimer re: any allergies).”

    that’s so long and convoluted! we London folk have simple needs free food and booze is enough, we spend enough time waiting around for trains/buses/good weather to arrive-i don’t want to have to hang around for some random celebrity!!!

  16. bananabrain — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:54 pm  

    only today with the mince, anas? ;)

    b’shalom

    bananabrain

  17. Sofi — on 30th April, 2008 at 4:58 pm  

    Actually I think that’s a good idea.. the celebrity thing and I could see it working too. In fact, you only get a signature/photo with the celeb if you actually vote, rather than just turn up(we know what the asians are like:loophole-rs) and the free scones should be funded by the celebs too..all in the name of erm..erm…democracy and helping further the cause..and recognition (in the case of B-Z list celebrities).

  18. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 5:06 pm  

    I think we could even have a designated Sunny Hundall polling station and he could sign copies of the NGN manifesto or his Guardian articles.

  19. Gurpreet — on 30th April, 2008 at 5:10 pm  

    why would you turn up for that?! ;p

    *runs*

  20. Sofi — on 30th April, 2008 at 5:28 pm  

    Anas: Celebrity being the operative word ..not just any Tom, Dick or Sunny!

  21. Leon — on 30th April, 2008 at 5:57 pm  

    Who does everyone think is going to win tomorrow and by what %?

  22. AsifB — on 30th April, 2008 at 5:58 pm  

    Ken by ten

  23. Anas — on 30th April, 2008 at 6:07 pm  

    who cares? I don’t live in London.

  24. MaidMarian — on 1st May, 2008 at 12:13 am  

    I just want Ken to win for no reason other than it would stick two fingers up at the London Evening Standard.

  25. Sunny — on 1st May, 2008 at 4:10 am  

    MM – same here!

  26. billericaydicky — on 1st May, 2008 at 9:57 am  

    At the risk of being called boring for banging on about it could everyone just get out and vote to try and stop the BNP. I hate Livingstone with a passion, I have seen his courting and funding of ethnic minority groups, both real and imagined, fuelling support for most successful racist party this country has ever seen.

    It may well be that our campaign, more than a million newspapers and leaflets distributed throughout London in a month, will get the vote up to where he gets back in but the far right are a far greater threat.

    If he is reelected he will be a lame duck and he will be seen as having got in by promising ethnic minorities privileges that he will have to deliver on.

    We will be living in city increasingly divided along racial lines with an outer circle Tory controlled at local level with a majority of members on the London Assembly, but unable to control Livingstone’s increasingly meglomaniac behaviour.

    I am going to hang around for the post mortem and then off to Spain.

  27. Letters From A Tory — on 1st May, 2008 at 10:08 am  

    I think you’ll find that it is Ken Leavingsoon who is being skewered by Boris as the results come in.

    http://lettersfromatory.wordpress.com

  28. Refresh — on 1st May, 2008 at 2:42 pm  

    I am with Vivian:

    ‘Vivienne Westwood
    Fashion designer

    “Boris as mayor? Unthinkable. It just exposes democracy as a sham, especially if people don’t vote for Ken – he’s the best thing in politics. Unthinkable.”

  29. Anas — on 1st May, 2008 at 4:27 pm  

    Livingstone better win or I’ll be extremely pissed off with all you London folk.

  30. El Cid — on 1st May, 2008 at 4:29 pm  

    Vivian Westwood, divisive racial lobbying, cronyism, deluded revolutionary nostalgia, arrogance, anti-semitism, a poor record on crime, a bias against non-alternative lifestyles, wasteful management, undemocratic tendencies, the fact he’s been there too long… Hmmmmmmmmm.

    On the other hand, what if there was another 7/7? Could Boris represent this great city and speak for it with eloquence and passion? Can we really risk him? Is there no trial period, for example?

    In short, through gritted teeth, this is my eleventh hour conclusion.
    Ken is a cunt. A competent cunt. Vote Ken.

  31. Vladimir — on 1st May, 2008 at 10:09 pm  

    Guess who will be counting it all, (well putting all the papers through a scanner really)doing my best to ensure Ken wins!

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