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May 3rd, 2008 | 4 Comments | Categories: Rant - Politics, Spirituality, etc. |

C’mon, joke’s over, Boris didn’t really win, did he?

Oh shit, yes he did. A victory for disillusionment, celebrity and the power of the protest vote. He’s not even a convincing tory.

The animosity towards Ken is startling, and he’s largely brought it on himself of late by behaving as though he was born to rule. His posturing covered over his remarkable achievements as Mayor, particularly in relation to public transport and the environment.

The only possible consolation from all this is that Ken had to flight bloody hard for just about every significant change that happened, from increases in buses and on-the-beat policing to the congestion charge. I honestly don’t think Boris cares enough to do what he’s pledged to do to reverse some of those policies. He’s a preening elitist, in the worst sense of the word, and has precious little track record as an effective politician read this article from The New Statesman for more.

What’s perhaps even worse than Boris as a reflection of the protest vote culture is that the BNP have a seat on the London Assembly. Yup, seems like all those other countries we thought were nuts for electing insane, racist hate-fueled, holocaust-denying fascists were just ahead of the game when it came to electoral fuckwittage.

Are all BNP voters fascists? No, clearly not. A lot of them are quite understandably disillusioned with a political landscape that has seen the three major parties merge, removing the old allegiances of ‘old labour’ socialism, or ‘old tory’ nationalism… Now it’s different flavours of centre right economic liberalism, and ever increasing marginalisation for those either not on the property ladder, or not willing or able to wade through the mire of spin and marketing BS to find out what else is going on underneath the heinous tabloid-fuelled political sheen…

Today’s protest voters are Thatcher’s legacy, are those who don’t remember what the far right did in the 70s/80s, who don’t realise that the BNP formed as an even further right version of the National Front, who don’t know about the BNP’s recent obvious attempts to distance themselves from the odious views of so many of their leaders and members.

Fortunately, the BNP will probably be ‘given enough rope’ by being placed on the London Assembly, that they’ll do what happened when they won 17 seats in local elections last time round… – to quote from the Mark Thomas article:

“Out of the 17 councillors, according to the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, Luke Smith resigned from Burnley Council after attacking a man with a bottle; Maureen Stowe left the party claiming the BNP “did not care for Burnley at all”; Robin Evans, a Blackburn councillor, left too, amid claims that drug dealers and football hooligans were in his branch; and John Savage, BNP councillor in Sandwell, was so bewildered by council debates and voting that he ended up supporting a pro-asylum-seeker motion. That surely has to be a first – a BNP councillor so stupid that he couldn’t even be a proper racist. Many BNP councillors have not attended council meetings and those who have, rarely – if ever – speak there.”

It’s sad that disgruntled voters with legitimate grievances that politicians have failed to address have banded together with nu-BNP – smiling, waving, fascists – many with a violent thuggish past at odds with the spurious ‘law and order’ rhetoric of the party – to give them a space on the London Assembly… Hopefully the oxygen of publicity will just reveal them to be the cynical opportunist racists that they are…

(for reference, have a look at the Mirror’s 10 reasons not to vote BNP – just wish the red-tops would provide wiki-style citations for such things… they’re collectable, but would be nice to have them in the article.)

In the meantime, hold tight, London, it’s going to be a bumpy ride…

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Mike R

    Whilst I think BJ can play the affable buffoon very well, I don’t really want an affable buffoon as my mayor.

    And when you add in the quasi-racist gaffes, he starts to seem a little less affable.

    I’m not sure how much animosity Ken bought on himself. Really, I think he’s been ground down by having all his time taken up with inquests and having to justify himself to the Evening Standard crowd.

    I think the clear bias of that paper is shocking and merits a legal challenge. In the 70s there were 2 papers in London – my Dad used to bring home the Evening Standard and The Evening News alternately. They merged in the early 80s unfortunately, presenting us with the monopoly we have today.

  • Ben

    I still can’t believe it. ARG

  • Steve

    Thanks Mike,

    The animosity I was refering to was on the back of the Channel 4 documentary, which while the doc was pretty heavy handed, he dealt with really badly.

    The Evening Standard is a whole other game – they’ve had a vendetta against him for years, and indeed, a legal challenge would perhaps be good to see…

  • big john

    so you really did it, London, you fell for it……
    buffoon indeed, exactly the word that i always associate with big boris….. what is really worrying, and really shocked me when i heard the results being read out, was 69,000 !!@** votes to the BnaziP.
    I feel for you in London, and the signs of things to come

    bj