Boris leads in London mayoral race

March 25th, 2008 at 1:37 pm by David Farrar

is leading Ken Livingstone by 12% in a recent poll.  That is amazing as Livingstone was regarded as unbeatable at one stage.  The election is on 1 May 2008.

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16 Responses to “Boris leads in London mayoral race”

  1. francis (712 comments) says:

    goodbye red ken! an augury, perhaps :-)

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  2. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Ha ha ha, from what I have read about Mr Livingston, he always seems to haver the knack of coming across as a right nob.

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  3. BlairM (2,289 comments) says:

    Go Boris!

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  4. Craig Ranapia (1,912 comments) says:

    Boris Johnson is leading Ken Livingstone by 12% in a recent poll. That is amazing as Livingstone was regarded as unbeatable at one stage.

    I guess it doesn’t hurt that Johnson has significantly toned down the Bertie Wooster on P persona, which I found oddly charming when he was editing the Spectator but screams ‘Tory wanker’ to as many as it attracts.

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  5. Russell Brown (403 comments) says:

    If things stay this way, Johnson will be hugely entertaining as mayor, although perhaps not always in a way that the Conservative Party would appreciate. And Livingstone will have no one to blame but himself.

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  6. ghostwhowalks3 (387 comments) says:

    Not so fast
    First the YouGov poll is an online poll done for the Evening Standard !!!!

    The details are here
    http://www.yougov.com/extranets/ygarchives/content/pdf/20080314EveningStandard.pdf

    Note that 503 of the 1005 sample is 55+ ( yes they do vote but really)

    Im sure that the sample data has been weighted appropriately but reliable ?
    Especaily as the sample is overweight for Daily E /Daily M readers ( I assume it was a online newspaper lead in to the poll)
    Pull the other one

    The Fawlty Towers -eque ‘German Respect party’ intrigues me !

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  7. kiwitoffee (383 comments) says:

    Anyone who can’t afford to buy the DVD versions of the ‘Young Ones’ and ‘Bottom’ will vote for Ken.

    Those who prefer watching a circus will vote for Boris.

    Combining the qualities of both his opponents, the Lib-Dem candidate – himself a member of the Constabulary – plans to focus on getting crime rate down.

    Wouldn’t it be good if they could form a triumvirate and govern together? They all have something good to offer.

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  8. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Kens twatted himself with his support of the toxic race advisor – quite a parallel with our friend Obama and the toxic race advisor isnt it? If one was of a bent it could be said that the gentle folk of western societies are getting a bit fed up with political correctness gone mad and left wing pollys who seem to hang on to power for dear life rather than let society evelove as time changes. No one likes to see a loser drag things out do they? Ken? Helen?

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  9. clintheine (1,563 comments) says:

    It is emerging over the campaign that Ken has embroiled himself into all sorts of dodgy practises. Some of his handpicked colleagues have have diddling about with public money for dodgy projects (see above comment) and TFL (transport for London) have been busted for breaking the rules and backing Ken secretly which came out last week. Ken has also engaged in high profile activities with Hugo Chavez to get cheap oil for London buses.

    Boris has come out looking like a lovable saint and I will be voting for him.

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  10. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Oh yes! TFL toadies have been colluding with Ken to scuttle Boris’ transport policies. It’s a riot of smug lefties cheating the system that challenges Helengrads best.

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  11. ghostwhowalks3 (387 comments) says:

    Boris is a bit of a thug..

    Johnson became embroiled in controversy when he was recorded agreeing to supply the address of News of the World journalist Stuart Collier to former schoolmate and convicted fraudster Darius Guppy in order to have him beaten up as a result of knowing too much about a failed insurance fraud.[35] Johnson asked how badly Collier was to be beaten up, and Guppy replies “He will probably have a couple of black eyes and a… cracked rib or something like that”. The conversation ended with Johnson agreeing to supply the address. Despite the call from Guppy, Johnson did not alert the police and the incident only became public knowledge when the recorded telephone conversations where summarised in the Daily Mail
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Johnson

    Remember too that in 2000 Archer had to withdraw from the race when he was charged ( and later jailed) for perjury

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  12. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    And Ken assaulted his girlfriend in 2001?2002?2003? and is up to his neck in local government corruption. Who’s skeletons are hidden deepest aye ghost!

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  13. PhilBest (5,117 comments) says:

    Someone like “Red Ken” actually becoming a mayor, is like Lord Haw-Haw got voted in. This bodes ill for our civilisation. He can’t go too soon. In an earlier era, he’d have been jailed or exiled or something.

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  14. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    I’m a bit suspicion of Boris, since his great-grandfather was one of the rulers of the despotic Ottoman Empire

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  15. gd (2,286 comments) says:

    I was living in London in the mid 70s when Red Ken was chairman of the GLC and what a shambles the GLC was.

    Boris will bring some life to the City so lacking under Ken who just wants to tax and rule and rule and tax. One dimensional.

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  16. clintheine (1,563 comments) says:

    The pathetic Greens have backed him and asked their supporters to give Red Ken their second preference…. and yet it comes out that Ken has taken flights for himself and his “advisors” for well over a million air miles to places like Cuba and Venezuela.

    The Greens hate the wealthy and Ken is a greedy leftie bully. A match made in hell.

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