5 Jan 2008
The important part of this argument is that many Green party activists may be politically sophisticated enough to know that it is important, but will Green voters.
In his recent interview on this blog, even Derek Wall, one of the two Principal Speakers of the Greens thought Ken was in favour of hesathrow expansion, which was a myth put out by the Evening standard.
the key thing is that the Green party should actively try to ensure that Green voters are aware of the issue, and try to deliver a high 2nd perference for Livingstone. because last time round most Grren voters disn’t, and we simply cannot afford it this time round. says Andy Newman.
If Ken had the courage of his convictions Ken he’d have the election in the bag by now, and subsequents ones too for that matter. Londoners seem to like him, would like a transport sytem that works effectively (and would be willing for a radical break with PFI), are pretty environmentally aware, want more housing built, etc, etc. These are things that are moderately leftwing and Londoners are for. If he’d gone down this line, Boris wouldn’t be an issue.
It’s because Ken has been to some extent a failure that Boris could win. If Boris can avoid the scandals to which he is fantastically prone, my prediction is that Ken will be sunk by the perfect New Labour storm: slowing economy, house prices may start to tumble even in London, zany incompetence of Gordon Brown and chums, lots more New Labour scandals (party funding, etc), and so on and so forth. I think Boris will be the next Mayor of London.
notes Tawfiq Chahboune
Well quite an interesting discussion here on what the Green Party should do and yes I stand corrected Ken has been opposing the expansion of Heathrow for quite a while, but in my defence I would like you to note his support for a new Heathrow Terminal....I suppose terminals are not runways?
Mr Livingstone said he was pleased that parties had agreed on a scheme "that puts energy efficiency and renewables at the heart of plans for a new Heathrow terminal".
He said: "The challenges associated with climate change will define how our city develops in the coming decades and, as the gateway between our city and the world, it is right that Heathrow airport leads the way in meeting those challenges."
I think what I like best about Ken has been opposition to incinerators and of course his sterling support for Venezuela.
But Ken has rejoined New Labour, so this could be his electoral undoing in May. What the Greens will do about Ken comes down to a decision by London members:
To follow up Matt’s point, most people I know in the London Federation of Green Parties are in favour of giving Ken a second preference. It was discussed in a preliminary way at our AGM and there was general support for it, and it will be put to formal vote of the members soon.
I imagine that we will be giving Ken a second preference, and can assure you we have thought of all the reasons mentioned in your post.
Comment by Aled Dilwyn Fisher
In the election for Mayor in May there is a first preference vote and a second, so the field is reduced to two candidates and the second votes come into play....so all Green voters can use a second preference...the likely leading candidates are his Ken ness and Boris Johnson.
Frankly despite Cameron's green noises and Boris's cycling...he is a bit ungreen. Greenpeace notes:
As editor of the Spectator he suggested in 2001 that the agreement: "would exacerbate the recession, and when Bush says no, he is doing what is right not just for America but for the world."
This kind of diplodocus rhetoric from the mouth of a mayor would be unlikely to put London on a low emissions path.
Anyway will be blogging more about Boris...nothing like a bit of negative campaigning and here is the site for Sian Berry the Green candidate
I suppose Ken liked my McKinney and Stephen Fry endorsements and wants one too.
More seriously Ken when he ran and won as an independent clearly called for voters to back the Green Party...but now he is back in New Labour.
I don't agree with him on Ian Blair or on pigeons, I don't like the concept of an Oyster card....equally I can't think of any Green Party member who would vote Boris...and Ken is one of the few politicians I bump into on the tube every now and then.
Anyway it is for my Party to decide!
Posted by Derek Wall at 8:31 pm