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“Boris is London mayor as he routs Red Ken”

Celebrations all round for Boris Johnson and Tory leader David CameronWinners: Celebrations all round last night for Boris Johnson and Tory leader David Cameron

The Conservatives finished 20 points ahead of Labour around the country, enough to sweep to power at Westminster with a majority of 100 or more.

The Prime Minister must now contend with a Tory London mayor who holds one of the biggest directly-elected jobs in Europe, with an £11billion budget and a high-profile platform from which to attacks on the Government.

The presence of a powerful Tory on his doorstep will be a daily reminder to Mr Brown and his party that he now faces an uphill struggle to win the next election and stay in power.

Mr Johnson’s landmark win was hailed by jubilant Conservatives as evidence that Mr Cameron’s message of modernised Conservatism was a sure fire winner with the voters.*

Daily Mail

As expected  the Brown Government now has a new  Tory Mayor of London and I don’t think that Gordon is at all happy about it 😀

Cheers Comrades

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*My bold


8 Comments

  1. USpace says:

    Boris may be a buffoon, but at least he’s not a communist one.

    Bloody good news! Praise the Lord! Thank God!
    There is hope for Londonistan. What will Red Ken do next?

    🙂

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    someone who will work full-time
    to destroy your country

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  2. Craigy says:

    “modernised Conservatism”

    Yep, It’s a trend in my book. One started by Rudd and the ALP who are very much a modern conservative party these days.

  3. Rudi says:

    iain,

    Modernised conservatism is a strange beast.

    Have a look at Boris’ election website, where he identifies the environment as an issue.

    http://www.backboris.com/policy/environment

    “Our environment has an enormous impact on our sense of wellbeing, and it is vital that we cherish our city and strive to make it cleaner and greener.

    In recent years London has lost record numbers of street trees. Our city has the worst record on recycling in the entire country. And, despite being one of the first major cities in the world to introduce clean air regulations, thousands of Londoners die every year from illnesses relating to poor air quality. This is not good enough.

    City Hall should lead the improvements to London’s environment and strongly support efforts to tackle climate change. Environmental issues will rank high on my mayoral agenda:

    I will support the Low Emission Zone to improve air quality.

    I will take a zero tolerance approach to littering and graffiting.

    Some areas are better than others when it comes to cleaning their streets. I will work with underperforming areas to help them deliver cleaner streets for their residents.

    I will protect and preserve our beautiful open spaces by working with local councils to ensure they are safe and pristine. I will plant more street trees.

    I will work with local councils to improve our record on recycling so that it becomes a natural part of all Londoners’ lives.

    I will continue to work in association with other cities across the world to tackle climate change.

    I will practice what I preach with a series of environmentally friendly measures to be adopted across the GLA family including: a ban on bottled water, a ban on internal flights, recycling, green procurement and sustainability.”

    Tell me how does Boris differ from say Kevin Rudd on the issue of the environment? My problem with new conservatism is that it looks very much like new Labor and old Green. Convergence.

  4. raydixon says:

    Isn’t it just the inevitable turning of the wheel here? Governments in stable democracies like England, the US and Australia tend to have about a decade in power and then the other side gets a go. That’s what happens here.

  5. Iain says:

    Well Ray
    I did nominate the “It’s time” factor in my post I agree that there a cyclic thing happening to some extent, but let’s not underestimate the significance of non compulsory voting where just getting voters to the polls is a candidates first priority.

    Rudi
    what Boris’s platform tells me is that the far left do not have any monopoly on caring about the world we live in. and while i have no time for the AGW proposition in a city as big as London you can not deny that the quality of the environment, the water and the air makes a very big difference to the quality of life for Londoners.
    I am happy to see the extra and excessive charge for large cars and 4WDs dropped though,.

  6. Rudi says:

    Iain,

    Thank you for your response but it is gibberish.

    So do you agree as Boris does with banning bottled water, banning internal flights, recycling, green procurement, sustainability and tackling climate change?

    These things are not about “caring about the world we live in” but are part of a green agenda that has been adopted by Boris and the new conservatives. They call themselves conservatives but they are not.

    Take, for example, Boris’ claim that he will “tackle climate change”. Familar language for anyone in Australia. The Labour party’s environment policy at the last election started “A Rudd Labor Government will implement a Clean Energy Plan to help Australian consumers and Australian businesses work together to tackle climate change.” Much tackling on both sides of the world.

    Cheer for your side but make sure they are still your side.

    Rudi

  7. Iain says:

    Rudi
    i was making a general comment about environmentalism and how the left don’t have a monopoly on it.

    Personally I agree with a ban on bottled water, reducing the use of air travel , I support sensible recycling but think that re use of things like bottles makes more sense, I think that Green procurement is all spin, In principle we should all aim for s sustainable life , but I think that trying to tackle climate change by buying into AGW theory is bonkers.
    Even for his obvious faults Boris Johnson is a better option than that terrorist loving Livingstone. Boris may not be your type of conservative Rudi but you should at least accept that he is a vast improvement on the man he replaces.

    PS I like the idea that Johnson has an obvious sense of humour, while I don’t think that we should ever see an important position like Mayor or London as a joke we don’t need someone with the demeanour of a funeral director or the mind of an very dull accountant either.

  8. Rudi says:

    Iain,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I appreciated the point you were making and disagreed with it. An individual can make choices about how he or she lives their life; the problem here is that government seeks to mandate those choices. You can personally decide to live a sustainable life – I hope the hair shirt fits you well – but if a government wants to mandate how to live then I reckon its not conservative.

    I agree, though, that Boris is welcome relief from the politician as manager/ accountant/ computer, although I am dismayed that Boris’ campaign constrained his personality. London is a lively international city and it deserves a smart bloke who comes across as human, though a bit toffy, to run it. I look forward to seeing more 4WDs at Piccadilly Circus.

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