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it's same old same old
on those lists of achievements they printed last week to commemorate his year in office, banning alcohol on the job was always ranked pretty highly. Isn't that just something you just go:
Boris: 'No more drinking on the tubes plz'
Tube companies: 'ok'
then go make a cup of tea. Hardly worth crowing about
that satisfy his core vote - congestion charge extension, alcohol "ban", freeze council tax, ROUTEMASTER!!!!!111 etc. - but not those that others feel are important - rape crisis centres, better accountability.
He's got a flair for PR (we knew this anyway) - see managing to convince people that he's done more for St. Georges Day than his predecessor - but given one of his major criticisms of Ken was the amount of self publicity going on around the Mayor of London position it's disappointing to see that he's done little about that. In fact, I've got a feeling we see more of Mayor Boris than we did of Mayor Ken publicity-wise. (I actually think this is a good thing, but in terms of election promises it's pretty poor).
Also disappointing to see that he's wasted money consulting on an airport that could never realistically happen when transport funding is so tight...
In terms of appointments, he's perhaps realised that getting his own men in isn't always the best thing to get the job done - high profile resignations after Lee Jasper being another major point in the overall Boris campaign aren't good, but he seems to have sorted that out and generally be getting experienced people in now rather than people from industry with little idea about the job they're going into.
We've also learnt that one year is a completely arbitrary point at which to try and judge... there's not really been time to tell yet, particularly on the bigger points.
'the liberal media elite' follow him about and scrutinise his every move much more than Mail-ite retards followed Ken about, thus the seeming media whoring.
And as for appealing to your core support rather than other people- that's just politics really.
I think he's done a competent enough job. Nothing spectacular really, he's had ups and downs. London hasn't exploded just yet though.
I don't intend it as a criticism necessarily, just that it's what he's done. To be honest, it's no less than I'd expect of any politican (although doesn't make it any less disappointing whoever does it).
As for the self promotion stuff, I was thinking more about things like the huge projection of himself on New Years Eve, the Mayor of London logo being plastered over all TFL posters (something he rounded on Ken over) and suchlike rather than the being in the media part.
Agree wholeheartedly on the last point. Apart from on transport where I think his policy is awful, on the whole he's shown himself to be relatively competent and neither overly brilliant or awful.
but I do also think that there is much more of a media circus around Boris than there ever was around Ken and that isn't of his doing
Massive cutbacks to look good not thinking about how a lack of investment or maintenance will screw London (it's the Thatcher era's neglect that measnt eh tube needs to be shut every weekend now).
Also, stupid knee jerk policies that don't actually DO anything, like banning drinks on the tube and getting rid of bending buses.
The guy is a total cunt. Basically. That's the official line.
And has he cut back on the level of service, or cut back on waste?
and new schemes. He's also cut back on loads of loacal improvement schemes round the city, liek the regeneration of Crystal Palace park.
Anyone can cut back. It's easy. The risk and high profile comes with spending, not cut backs. No-one is gonig to drive past a run down park that's always been run down and think "fucking Boris" even though it may be him who's personally cut it's regeneration.
As I maintain, he's a cunt.
rather than lament the fact he has?
I'm disappointed that the levy on high-emission vehicles and other green policies haven't been as prevalent as was suggested last May but I also acknowledge the fact that hitting small businesses and spending lots of public money are bigger problems now than they were a year ago
PPP has been a huge failure (I think everyone except the government agree on this by now) and is costing far more than it should do, the council tax freeze has stretched things further, bigger holes have been created by some of the scrapping of schemes/new schemes on the transport agenda and some of the projects weren't fully funded anyway (although they could have been held back for a while rather than completely scrapped).
I think Boris also counted on saving more in administration and the like than he actually has - it only took a week for him to announce his full audit of costs and expenses, but not much more was announced when the report returned, suggesting that not a lot was actually found. That's not an uncommon mistake for an incoming politician to make.
the lack of vision, lack of ambition, that I find so depressing. If you want Crossrail, then you can’t have all the other things. Why can’t we have them all? Obviously there are financial considerations but to come in and say ‘nope, sorry, we can’t afford ANY of these’ is just cripplingly short-sighted.
Especially when you’re proposing a fucking airport in the Thames, the cost of which would dwarf building all of the transport plans that have just been axed.
He says it’s great that more people are taking buses but says in the next breath that there are too many buses on Oxford Street, but he doesn’t want a shuttle tram on it either (because that might get in the way of cars).
He says that it’s part of urban deprivation that people feel ‘public transport is the only option’ as though lack of parking and road links is the only thing stopping people having a car; and not the cost of the car itself, and petrol, and insurance, or the simple fact that they might not want a car.
He’s just going backwards. Bringing back some bastardised version of the Routemaster. Axing plans. ‘Consulting’ on the congestion charge. Saving money through losing middle-management is good, sure. But he’s completely rejecting the idea, the possibility, of wholesale change, and has gone back to tinkering arond the edges. Ken is/was one of the few who are actually willing to consider bolder ideas.
That was a bloody long post. Sorry.
Roast The Mona Spit for Mayor in 2012!
whether or not he suffers from a lack of vision and willingness to make sweeping change or if the drastic changes to the political and economic landscape over the last year have inhibited change. I don't personally see that there are the finances or indeed a large enough (or perhaps focused enough) public demand for wholesale changes at this point in time.
and be prime minister
The Times ran a piece last week I think, where they were saying that there's a behind the scenes rift between Cameron and BoJo. I'm not sure I believe it, but Boris has perhaps been more independently-minded than the Tory hierarchy would like.
When Boris won there were accusations that he would be little more than Conservaive HQ's puppet, but that clearly hasn't happened. Whether or not tales of a rift are true, i'm sure the paper's will continue to run with the idea; it's quite fun after all.
that ping pong was once called whiff whaff.
to vote for a guy because he has silly hair, seems a bit dim and has an amusing "posh" accent