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Another elelction post - Boris and Mayors

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by MickLL, May 5, 2012.

  1. MickLL

    MickLL Well-Known Member

    Difficult to post this and stay away from dangerous waters.;);)

    I was interested to see that Boris beat Ken for the London Mayor. The interest is because, although it was a tight run race, Boris bucked the national trend to Labour.

    I can only think that there was quite a backlash against Mr. Livingstone.

    I also found it very interesting that most of the cities where the question was asked rejected the idea of a directly elected mayor.

  2. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Local Mayor. This option wasn't on offer to us in Milton Keynes.

    Perhaps I'm sceptical, but I feel that the Government may have got the result that it really wanted. By raising the issue it got a tick in a box, and then, by not providing any funds, power stays in much the same place as before, but they can say that we've had our chance. I can't believe that the back-room political experts advising the government weren't aware of what happens when a cause isn't supported with cash, or real commitment.

    On a similar theme, I can't recall having a vote about the major changes in local and regional government some decades ago when the unitary & similar authorities came in, and age old county boundaries were swept away. Some people did very well out of those changes, so perhaps as always - "Follow the money".
  3. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    I wonder what would have been the outcome if they had asked...Boris, Ken or none?


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