Thursday, 10 April 2008

The Newsnight mayoral debate

Dave Cole has a fair analysis of Tuesday's Livingstone-Johnson-Paddick debate conducted by Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight.

As Cole notes, transport is really the Mayor's biggest responsibility. And Ken Livingstone's track record on that issue, whatever else you might think of him, is pretty impressive.

Still, having just spent two hours leafletting for Ken on the mean streets of South London, I suspect our biggest enemy, at least in the inner suburbs, is not Boris Johnson, so much as apathy. Most people, of course, aren't interested in politics. How do we persuade them that voting on 1 May is actually going to make a difference to their lives?

1 comment:

Dave Cole said...

Thanks, PZT.

The answer to the last question, IMHO, is that the BNP have a fair shot at getting someone on the Assembly. When they first had councillors elected in London, racist attacks rose threefold.

I think transport is an enabler for a city; if a city is a body, the tubes, trains, trams and roads are its arteries, veins and capillaries. Unless you can move around London, you can't do anything, as most people rely on public transport to get to work, to school, to the supermarket, to see friends and family, for recreation and to go home.