18 March 2008
Will Boris Johnson be mayor of London?
The race to be mayor of London kicks off today, and Boris Johnson the Tory challenger, has a nice 12 point lead over Ken Livingstone the Labour incumbent. That doesn't mean that the race is over as Livingstone is a noted survivor, but it is further proof of yesterday's argument that the days of New-Labour are numbered.
No doubt the wankblogs will start to scream that Boris is a laid back toff, which he is, but he is also not a Thatcherite ideologue. As mayor he would be not all that much different from Livingstone.
That, surely, is the point? Stripped of all the rhetoric, Labour was created to represent the views of the urban working man and his wife and his kids. The party no longer even pretends to do that, so is it any wonder that the urban working class no longer support it?
Who would I vote for? Probably for the Respect candidate, Lindsey German. That doesn't mean that I am a Trot, but it does mean that I would want to give a sarcastic two-fingered salute to those who believe that labour and capital can somehow get along on capitalism's terms.