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All legal, and all very sensible.
I bet there's someone called Gen, who is a living sloane.
but if it was a Boris article on the same thing there would be a completely different response.
That's what they tend to do.
However I have to say Ken deserves more of a kicking than most given the fact he'd still doubtless describe himself as a socialist. Not really the sort of principalled behaviour I expect from my politicians that, especially when it's coming from too close to a do-as-I-say-don't-do-as-I-do perspective. The guy's a horrible hypocrite, if this is true.
Still voting for him though.
It's just he's gone out of his way to criticise other people for doing the same thing that leaves him open to criticism.
However he's probably just about ok as having an employee, even if it is his wife, and getting paid from different places to set his own company up.
Are there limits to setting up a company to get money paid to you? Do freelance writers only pay corporation tax?
I don't know how tax works in this instance to be honest, either.
I doubt this will have a massive impact on his campaign.
If this was Boris this'd be on 50 posts by now and you know it.
I don't really have a strong opinion on that, but to deny it would be a tad daft...
Don't know if that actually matters mind...
The company will pay corporation tax and the shareholders will pay income tax on any dividend they take out of the company. so, two laywers of tax. If they take the cash out by way of phoney 'service charge' or whatever, then that's dodgier ground, but the article only really hints at that.
if Labour gave a stuff about mayor of London, they wouldn't have picked Ken as their candidate. He was beaten last time and nothing is going to change that. Whether he was good or bad, he's yesterday's man. It's the same as the Lib Dems - picking Lembit Opik is tantamount to saying "We don't care."
For that matter, you never get the feeling that Boris gives much of a shit either apart from a desire to commission expensive and unnecessary projects with his name on them.
Not trying to be confrontational, I'm just interested.
So unless you're saying Labour members as a whole don't give a stuff about London, that first sentence doesn't stack up.
Opik for the Lib Dems seems to say to me 'Well, if the Tories can get a notorious idiot elected to office...'
had Boris Johnson just ahead, so not sure how 'he was beaten last time and nothing is going to change that' is 100% true at the moment
In the last month both Ken and Boris have been a single point ahead on second preference. Certainly within the margin of error.
I was pretty surprised reading my emails the other day to discover the vote isn't that far off.
Probably just me.
although maybe we're just not paying as much attention. Maybe it's because we had a Labour government and Labour incumbent at the time of the last one, so it seemed partly like a referendum on Gordon Brown's popularity. Or maybe I'm just talking bollocks. I dunno.
The Evening Standard has tried to be more 'unbiased' and naturally it's a bit dull to read. But probably the combination of Olympics and sections of London's population being more worried about Housing Benefit slashing means it's not really that important.
You could argue that if HB is being cut, who you get as the mayor will be critical over the next few years. But I take your point.
So glad those free papers aren't around any more.
the position look rather arbitrary.
The role just seems like a bit of a jolly PR thing now with no serious ramifications.
Something to fill the time between columns in the Telegraph.
I guess you're right in that Boris doesn't actually seem to care about the detail, while Ken did seem to, so that means it looks now more like civil servants are doing all the work and Boris just has to bumble up and talk to camera for a few minutes about what's happened.
He's definitely got a better PR department than Ken ever had.
the first being that Boris has been able to take advantage of quite a few big photo ops throughout his term which are a legacy of Ken's time as mayor. More importantly though, Boris himself is simply far better at PR than Ken ever was, or ever will be. I don't think Ken having a better PR department than Boris has would change that.
It doesn't seem to be being talked about that much; I'm not sure how much is really going on. I signed up online to the campaign to re-elect Boris and I hardly even get emails. I would have thought the couple of polls that suggested Ken was in the lead would have geed up campaigning, but not much seems to be going on yet. Apart from telephone canvassing, but no way am I doing that.
I sent an email to the people from www.sackboris2012.com, asking if they needed volunteers for their next campaign day, and never got a reply.
It's more like ignoring an email from someone saying *Hi, I'd like to buy your CD.*
I'm a member of the Labour party and I get regular (we're talking about once a day here) Emails forcefully encouraging support for the Ken for Mayor lark and offering lots of opportunities to get involved. So one party seems to be taking it a lot more seriously than the other at the very least...
This coming from Ken who, I understand, continued to write for the Independent *and* remained MP for Brent/Berlin East whilst he was Mayor.
you can go now.