With the London Mayoral elections coming up, conversations at the office seem to constantly touch on voting. Londoners, remember that the election is on May 3rd, please make sure that you get yourself down to a polling station or remember to send in your postal vote before the deadline. Click here for more information.
Unfortunately the general outlook from those that I have spoken to is that it’s a two-man race between Boris and Ken. There are other options, and if you complain that things never change, then use your vote and instead of voting tactically (i.e. LibDem will never win so I might as well vote Labour), vote for who you want to win and do your research first. If we all stop making do then perhaps we can start improving….
* Here is the article I posted previously which compares the Green/LibDem/Labour/Conservative stances with regards to bicycles, cycle safety and sustainable city planning to make things safer and greener for us all. Needless to say Jenny Jones (Green Party) comes out on top, closely followed by Ken Livingstone, whereas it doesn’t look like good news for Boris Johnson (The Guardian: Boris accused of hiding air pollution test results, and lodoncyclist: How Boris failed London cyclists).
* For those who need a little more help to find a preference, this link is helpful. It’s a bit like those Kudos quizzes you do in school to see what career you’re best suited to (mine was baker or truck driver!):
* Try to remember that there are other options: the full list is here, including the sorely neglected Siobhan Benita who lack of Party affiliation promises to provide London with a City Hall that doesn’t have to worry about adhering to party politics and pleasing the bigwigs. And have you even heard of Lawrence Webb? No, I hadn’t either, but he’s running for UKIP.
Images: Top right, Boris Johnson in 2008 by Jeremy Selwyn. Above left, Siobhan Benita pays a visit to the Brompton Bikes warehouse as pictured on @Siobhan4Mayor.