London is cheaper and warmer, at least compared with Davos, says London Mayor Boris Johnson.
I went out today to ask people in the area around my office in central London what they thought about Obama’s win. Despite my best efforts to find some who were not happy about the change of leadership in the United States, I didn’t manage…even the cab driver was enthusiastic. So, this is not meeting the Reuters rules of providing a balanced picture …but it’s a snapshot of what some people in London had to say on this historic day.
Safer streets, better housing, more reliable transport….that’s what Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick all want for London and it’s probably what most Londoners want for their city. But what’s the big difference then between “Red Ken”, “Crazy Boris” and …”Policeman turned Politician” Brian Paddick?
Sitting at the Evening Standard’s London Mayor debate last night, it occurred to me how cosy this election is. Whoever wins the contest on May 1 will lead one of the world’s most high-profile cities with an 11.3 billion pound budget to run public transport, police and fire services and promote the economy of this global financial centre. Yet at times the candidates seem to think they are engaging in some kind of school debating contest.