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He almost definitely will win right? what powers does the mayor of london actually have?
and not get slammed for it because "it's for london, right?"
is a god given privelige that no man should be without
whos gonna really vote for him?
but surely noone can win on the joke vote.
is he independant? surely the "cons" would never put him forward
People like him because he's a comedy bumbling oaf, they don't actually think he's a good politician.
(boris, not meths)
hes a 'celebrity'. Its just like no one thought Arnie would be taken seriously.
I would vote for him, basically because i dont actually give a shit and it would be amusing.
is already pretty popular with people living in London, and I think he's doing a good job. And I'm pretty sure he'll be able to outsmart Boris.
no matter who's in charge, it's 100 years old. And the congestion charge is a good thing.
Unless you have to drive in London. Then it's rape.
I would vote for Boris. People that say he's a bad politician are ignorant. Most words out of his mouth make sense. And not a twisted 'kinda' sense, but pure cold sense. Especially true with regards to education policy, which is useful because that's his job.
The kind of people that can't make it past the bumbling oaf persona to actually see that are the kind of people who really have no business having the vote.
And if he did become mayor we could presumably see an end to the sort of business that leads to this city's representative sitting down with insane mullahs and Hugo Chavez. A good thing.
NEEDS to drive in london and cant afford it?
Couriers, call-out repairmen, electricians, IT support and the like, people who live inside the charge zone who aren't rich, I could go on...
I'd vote for him, he's a lovely chap.
Better than that scoundrel Red Ken.
or I'm doing a Phil Collins and moving to Switzerland.
(That was a political broadcast on behalf of Boris Johnson, MP)
I've just single-handedly got him elected.
I recently spotted him outside Gatwick airport, loading suitcases into the back of a people carrier. I wanted to throw something at him, but he was with his children
1. Decides rules of 'Mornington Crescent'
2. Can inspect Olympic Athletes' bums
3. Own personal tube line
4. Decides number of bends in bendy bus
5. Picks bands that play Koko
6. Power to secede from UK
7. Re-orders gold paving for streets of London
8. Sets fines in 'community chest' cards on Monopoly
9. Overseeing project to paint Millennium Dome to look like giant breast
10. In charge of 'London is Better That Everywhere Else' awareness campaign
11. Acts as judge in legal cases where someone being a 'true cockney' is an issue
12. Gets to wear the biggest hat
try to attract the PINK pound!
OMG HOW I ROFL
for a couple of days. After which it would become woefully, grindingly upsetting.
by the end of the week. Not through rioting, just because he's so bad that London would spontaneously combust.
Because he would slavishly follow the Tory line and fuck up things like transport by abolishing the Congestion Charge and slashing bus routes.
Livingstone is only New Labour in name only and does his own thing, even if the Government doesn't like it.
he's amusing as a TV pundit type person, but I hope people don't all vote for him 'for a laugh' then suddenly realise he's a Conservative. Is Ken running again? Is he allowed? I'm voting for Ken.
there's currently no limit on how many terms someone can have as london mayor.
unsurprisingly want to change this, though.
could we have ken forever?
do we care?
it's good to have a change every so often.
however it doesn't make much sense to kick out perfectly good politicians..
it wont matter hes a conservative. Hes got a high profile, will appear everywhere, show that clip of him playing charity football, make people laugh, the dumb masses will back him.
a dual mayorship of Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.......they would have to appear together and try to speak as one...........this could be the greatest comedy double act ever.
They should have a live feed of them two argueing for a week before the elections
behaviour funny once things start fucking up. I imagine not very long....
He pretty much plays up the bumbling reputation.
I'd better he is smarter than Ken.
It's as much about a feel for the people you're representing. And whatever you think about Ken, I know who out of the two of them is more in touch with regular Londoners.
But my point was, I know the bumbling is his 'thing', and I'm assuming for a large group of people this is a big part of his appeal. But what happens when the tube breaks down for the fiftieth time, then the same characteristics that seem appealing when he's not in charge of anything will suddenly start to grate, regardless of whether they are just a facade
but then I thought that about Arnie.
I think he is a very amusing man and not the idiot he is widely perceived as. He is extremely bright. He is good on Have I got news for you and Question Time.
I would be tempted to vote for him because I think for a couple of months it would be brilliant and make my life more amusing. After that I would be a bit pissed off about the whole situation because I'm not convinced he would be able to empathise with the average Londoner.
have the power to replace all the speaker systems in the tube with crushingly heavy guitar and drums....
wait...THAT Boris? lord...spare me...
for all of five seconds anyway.
Everyone at my workplace hates Ken, so I feel impelled to like him just for that alone.
Johnson is very well read and very intelligent.
Just inept when it comes to media relations, and seeing as the world is dominated by the media thats the Boris that we see.
really hate Livingstone.
to be fair
As funny as he is, he's also a massive snob. And a Tory.
Will probably get 10 million votes from ironic studenty knobends who think he's a "legend" or something. And Tories.
I still like Ken, anyway.
He's a massive bureaucrat and has so many staff that its ridiculous. He's also a bit of a crony politician. And he's a bit of a loudmouth who can't keep his temper.
and he keeps insisting on putting tube prices up! £4 for a single, i mean come on! And he's Labour. Vomit.
what kind of a silly person buys tickets anyway? Oyster cards are free now, too. So a very sill person indeed.
And Red Ken? good one.
I can't tell if you're a fake account or not.
today, and had to pay 4 pounds to go 3 stops. And 'pricing out the tourists' is just ridiculous, considering how much money they bring into London.
Homesick - I didn't dub him Red Ken, it's been his nickname for quite a while now, it's nothing to do with me. I imagine he's probably kind fond of it as well. It wasn't an insult against him. And no, just because I don't see the world in the same way as a lot of other people on this board doesn't make me a fake account.