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May. 3rd, 2008 | 11:34 am
location: stupidest city in the world
mood: aggravatedaggravated

It isn't so much the idea of the twat actually being mayor. Don't get me wrong, it will clearly be at best humiliating and at worst a complete disaster. We will get plenty of wizard wheezes from Tory think-tanks, as well as, I'm sure, a bold new standard of cronyism and corruption, umpteen new and exciting ways to sell off public services and assets, and lots of bashing of "multiculturalism" and "PC". But in the context of broader politics it's just one aspect that's now worse, not a sudden catastrophe.

It's the fact that so many people actually voted for him, for utterly rubbish reasons. It's all "congestion charge" (I like the congestion charge, but regardless of that, Johnson is not going to remove it - I suppose he has promised not to increase it, so this one does at least approach rationality, even if it also means you are wrong), "I read something about corruption in the Standard" (again, approaching rationality, but not actually a reason to vote for Boris - what little sleaze was ranted about was hardly endemic to the administration and it is just stupid to think that the bloody Tories are going to reduce corruption), "Ken is an anti-semite" (balls), "Ken hugged that Islamist bloke so hates women and gays" (what?), "Bendy buses!" (fuck off) and so on.

I've always had a certain confidence that while there might be quite a few idiots living in this city, most people are at least able to identify somebody who patently doesn't give a toss about the city and is just making stuff up, and then not vote for them. Now I really don't have that any more.

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lilyvalley

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from: lilyvalley
date: May. 3rd, 2008 01:20 pm (UTC)
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There's no way you can feel as disappointed as many USAns did when Bush was reelected. We had a country full of idiots!

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The realities of political office

from: anonymous
date: May. 3rd, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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This bloke has no idea what is going to hit him. After years and years of thinking he is the Sir Humphrey of politics, he is about to find out that he has just become the Jim Hacker! He'll find loads and loads of people who will say "Good idea, Mayor" and who, behind his back find a thousand reasons why his policies can't be put into operation.

Trust me - I'm a Mayor!

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fridgemagnet

Re: The realities of political office

from: fridgemagnet
date: May. 3rd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I don't think he has any policies anyway - I don't think he's at all interested in that. Even today on a horribly arselicking program on Radio 4, everyone who knew him was saying that he "knows what he wants to do and does it no matter what anyone else thinks", which is a charitable way of saying "he doesn't really give a toss about this and is just using it as a stepping-stone".

So, it'll be the smart young things from the Tory think-tanks coming up with stuff, saints preserve us.

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Re: The realities of political office

from: anonymous
date: May. 4th, 2008 10:05 am (UTC)
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They will still come up against the same petty bureaucrats. The bureaucrats are not interested in politics, just in keeping the status quo that leaves them with the "decision making", none of which change anything because everyone is afraid of drawing attention to themselves and their nicely feathered nests.

And one think-tank is much like another.... precious little thinking and a lot of getting tanked up.

But using this as a "stepping stone" to what .... oh please, no!!! Then I will have to leave the country.
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