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Londoners say Yes to BORIS!

Posted: 03 May 2008, 19:42
by boudicca
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That's right. Take a look at the new Mayor of one of the world's most powerful cities. Boris yetserday ousted Ken and swept to victory in London - I found out from an Evening Standard seller at Bond Street, and made no secret of my amusement.

Hilarity has given way to an increasing sense of alarm, however. I've made much of my Boris-worship on HL, with avatars and such like... but I have to say it never occurred to me that the man could end up wielding any actual power. He provides us with so many extraordinary gaffes that I wouldn't mind him in isolation, but the fact is he's affilifated to a party that appear to be using him as their ticket out of the political wilderness, and a resurgent Tory party is emphatically NOT something I want to see. Especially under the leadership - lest we forget - of dough-faced chancer David Cameron.

So what do you think? Are we all doomed? Or is this the dawning of a glorious New Age for the capital, where all are free to slag off Scousers with impunity? :innocent:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 19:47
by James Blast
what next, Ronald McDonald as Lord Provost of Glass~gow?

Posted: 03 May 2008, 19:49
by boudicca
Don't say it, it might happen :eek:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 19:52
by James Blast
might be an improvement

Posted: 03 May 2008, 19:53
by smiscandlon
Call me politically naïve, but what power does a mayor actually have?

Posted: 03 May 2008, 20:00
by James Blast
Not working in a 'city' I can only comment on what I know about a Provost's duties: they mainly are a figure head, usually a long standing member who's nearing retirement, opening schools and handing over prizes for photo ops. takes up the bulk of their time. They do chair full Council sessions and have casting votes. I believe Lord Provosts are more politically active and are involved in economic development.

Posted: 03 May 2008, 20:02
by boudicca
I think the Mayor of London is very different to an ordinary Mayoral role (in this country). Perhaps more akin to the Mayor of New York... Londoners seem to have embraced it as their version of devolution, where they don't have to worry about pesky Scots intruding all over the place :wink:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 20:35
by robertzombie
You were in London? :!:


...

Oh yeh, the next 4 years should be interesting, I'll keep you posted :lol:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 20:37
by Pista
Don't they do pantomimes aswell?

Posted: 03 May 2008, 20:40
by James Blast
Oh no they don't! :lol:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 20:47
by Pista
He's behind you...
:lol:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 21:01
by boudicca
robertzombie wrote:You were in London? :!:
Briefly, yes. Arrived at 7am on a National Express and left at 10pm. Was going to stay the Friday night and go to Camden on the Saturday but I realised I'd forgotten to pack half the stuff I needed, and none of you soft southern jessies could make it out, it seems :cry: :P. So I just headed home. Didn't get any sleep for 48 hours, so I only got up a couple of hours ago :lol:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 21:43
by timsinister
That's the rock'n'roll life - with all the rock extracted from it. :P

Should've stopped off in the Norf, we does it proper like up here.

Posted: 03 May 2008, 21:48
by weebleswobble
It'll be Beautiful Chaos

Posted: 03 May 2008, 21:59
by boudicca
timsinister wrote: Should've stopped off in the Norf, we does it proper like up here.
I've noticed! ;D 8) :notworthy:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 22:16
by robertzombie
Did you make a thread? I was free! :(

Never mind :lol:

Posted: 03 May 2008, 22:21
by Andy TG
IMHO I think the guy is a Pillock, but at least he knows he's a pillock. I am sure his leadership is going to be very very interesting (read amusing LOL)

Cant be any worse that Dodgy Ken - I have never really liked him

Posted: 03 May 2008, 22:26
by boudicca
robertzombie wrote:Did you make a thread? I was free! :(

Never mind :lol:
Ah well, worry not Lord Zombie, I try to incorporate London jaunts into my lifestyle on as regular a basis as poss :D

Posted: 03 May 2008, 22:50
by robertzombie
Excellent Madame Claire :D


As a Londoner I get the impression that people were voting against Ken rather than for Boris.
Ken was good in his first term but became arrogant in his second and we didn't like that so the best way to get him out was voting for the person with the best chance of beating him, i.e. Boris.


N.B. I didn't vote for Boris!

Posted: 04 May 2008, 00:08
by Francis
Give me a drunken Ken over this fool anyday. Thank God he's not running the country...

Posted: 04 May 2008, 00:17
by eotunun
:eek:
Today Boris, tomorrow Alex?
We live in a time when Monty Python sketches appear scaringly realistic.
Okay, here in Germany the Bavarian politicians have taken care of that genre for decades, so I guess London will survive.

Posted: 04 May 2008, 00:44
by Andy TG
Francis wrote:Give me a drunken Ken over this fool anyday. Thank God he's not running the country...
YET :wink:

Posted: 04 May 2008, 00:49
by Francis
You won't be smiling when he's slaughtered all your sheep for having curly hair...

Posted: 04 May 2008, 00:51
by Andy TG
Francis wrote:You won't be smiling when he's slaughtered all your sheep for having curly hair...
Well seeing as i eat LAMB on a regular basis the price of Lamb will simply go down so i can eat more of it.

As long as he leaves the goats alone I dont mind :eek:

Posted: 04 May 2008, 00:55
by Francis
Andy TG wrote:
Francis wrote:You won't be smiling when he's slaughtered all your sheep for having curly hair...
Well seeing as i eat LAMB on a regular basis the price of Lamb will simply go down so i can eat more of it.
I don't think you understand the basic rules of economics, Monsieur le Goth. Less sheep means higher prices.

Not sure about the goats though... :lol: