Well then, turns out London will remain a beacon of Conservative blue rather than the “beacon for Islam” promised by Red Ken Livingstone. YES – as confidently predicted here some days ago Boris Johnson managed to buck the trend seen across the rest of Great Britain and retain the position of London Mayor for the Conservative Party. The question is – HOW?
London is a left leaning city, like most major capital cities yet it has elected a Conservative Mayor for a second term. Is this because unlike Cameron, Boris is untainted with toxic Lib-Dem associations? The Lib-Dem candidate, the posturing Brian Paddick, finished in FOURTH place in London, a remarkably bad performance which hopefully will see him off. Labour are benefiting from the collapse of the Lib-Dem vote and I am not remotely surprised. These liberals are a protest Party and the minute they formed the Coalition Government they had to make actual decisions which did not conform to their idylls. Half the sandal-wearing yogurt eating hippies that form the base will run a million miles from reality and so they flock to the utopian nonsense retailed by Labour.
But back to Boris. He won, and he won despite the biased media, and in particular the BBC, portraying him as a bumbling toff. The thing about Boris is that he has a genuine streak of Conservatism about him. He is the man who calls for more tax cuts – gasp, horror! He is the man who has insisted on a degree of genuine fiscal rectitude in the London budget – shock horror! Could the message be that when Conservatives detach themselves from Lib-Dems and act as Conservatives, they have more appeal?
Cameron thinks not. He seems determined to facilitate the Lib-Dem agenda of gay marriage and changing the House of Lords and to hell with the electoral consequences. Well, as he has seen, the consequences are a meltdown in his core support.
I was invited onto the BBC last night to discuss the low turnout (turns out they didn’t want me as I was saying the wrong thing) One of my points was that this odd hybrid Coalition which is neither one thing or another is turning voters off! They can’t be bothered to come out. I salute the 68% that DID NOT vote, although am glad that at least ONE Conservative did win.