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London elections: five reasons to boot out Tory Boris

Issue No. 2300

 Illustration: http://www.timonline.infoTim Sanders

Illustration: Tim Sanders

  1. Boris Johnson has been a mayor for the rich and the bankers—not to mention he’s a millionaire himself. He has pocketed £250,000 a year for his Telegraph column alone while he’s been in the job, but he says that money is just “chicken feed”. Meanwhile he has hiked tube and bus fares, hitting the poorest.

  2. Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to give him his full name, not only went to posh private school Eton with David Cameron but was in the Bullingdon Club at Oxford with him too. And both are descended from royalty, tracing their ancestors back to King George II. No wonder Boris hates working class people and has been lobbying for even tighter anti-union laws.

  3. And they’re not the only ones he has a problem with. As well as famously referring to Africans as “picaninnies”, he also wrote that the Macpherson inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence was “hysteria”. He then slammed “the PC brigade” for trying to tackle the police’s institutional racism. On Islam, he wrote, “To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia—fear of Islam—seems a natural reaction”, adding, “Islam is the problem.”

  4. Then there’s his track record of backing Tory anti-gay law Section 28. As late as 2000 he openly said the law was needed to stop “homosexual instruction”. In one of his books he wrote, “If gay marriage was OK… then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.”

  5. Perhaps most importantly, though, there’s the impact it would have on the Tories nationally. Boris called the phone hacking scandal “a load of codswallop” when it started, but it’s proving toxic for the government. A defeat for Boris in London will add to their crisis. As the Daily Mail argued yesterday, 'A Johnson win would steady the Conservatives after a month of calamitous collywobbles', but a loss for Boris 'would have the Tories weeping and wailing'.

To put the boot into Boris on 3 May:

  • Vote Ken Livingstone for London mayor
  • Vote Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Against Cuts for the London Assembly (on the orange ballot paper)

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Sun 29 Apr 2012, 15:56 BST
Issue No. 2300
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