Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick are battling for votes before the poll on May 3.
The (Main) Candidates:
Boris Johnson (Conservative) - Mr Johnson says he will cut waste at City Hall, freeing up £3.5bn for services, put £445 back in voters' pockets by freezing the mayoral share of council tax, create 200,000 jobs, extend his bike hire scheme and secure a better deal for London from No 10.
Ken Livingstone (Labour) - Labour believes Livingstone’s plans to cut Tube and bus fares is a big vote winner. He is promising an overall cut in fares for Londoners of five percent in the autumn of 2012, no further fare rises at all in 2013 and from January 2014 and in subsequent years no fare rises above inflation. Opponents say that is unaffordable.
Mr Livingstone is also pledging to reverse what he claims are cuts in police numbers made by Boris Johnson.
Brian Paddick (Liberal Democrats) - His ideas on policing includes making criminals repair the damage they do and ending racist stop and searches.
His transport plans include a one-hour, hop on-hop off bus ticket and "early bird fares" for people travelling before 7.30am. He also proposes the Tube should be shut for weeks for repairs until the job is done instead of routine weekend shutdowns.
According to a poll by London Tonight, the Evening Standard and LBC: Boris Johnson appears to be leading Ken Livingstone by four point’s once second preferences* are reallocated.
*If no one has a majority in the first round, the top two vote winners receive second preferences from voters for the other candidates
That is why it is essential that you get everyone that you know, to vote on May 3.
What will happen is that the Lib Dem’s, Greens & other fringe parties will put Livingstone as a second choice. So if the election result goes to second preference, then Livingstone will have an advantage. If you only mark a first choice, your vote will still be counted – you can choose not to mark a second candidate. So if you vote for Boris Johnson, do not cast a second preference. If you feel you have to and are voting for Johnson, or ‘not Livingstone’, then do not tick Labour.
WHY NOT KEN?
Everyone knows about the dangerous Labour candidate, his record as Mayor over 8 years was terrible. More of a concern however is that whilst Mayor of London, he was a lightning rod for controversy and he hasn’t changed.
Take a look at this laundry list of Red Ken moments:
• In 2008, He invited Palestinian and radical cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi to London. The cleric is banned from entering the United States and has previously said that gay people should be executed and has also supported female genital mutilation.
He supports suicide attacks on all Israelis, including women since he views the Israeli society as a "completely military" society that did not include any civilians.
He also considers pregnant women and their unborn babies to be valid targets on the ground that the babies could grow up to join the Israeli Army.
Regarding Hitler and the Holocaust he (Qaradawi) said:
“Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the Jews people who would punish them for their corruption...The last punishment was carried out by [Adolf] Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place. This was divine punishment for them...Allah willing, the next time will be at the hand of the believers”.
Livingstone was unapologetic, stating that Qawardi was the victim of “demonization” by the western press.
• He was suspended for four weeks when he was mayor in 2006 for likening Jewish journalist, Oliver Finegold to a concentration camp guard.
• He said he was “appalled” that US Special Forces shot dead Osama bin Laden instead of putting the terrorist leader on trial.
• He has vowed to make the capital city of London a ‘beacon of Islam and wishes to educate the mass of Londoners”.
• He recently stated that he did not expect the Jewish community to vote Labour as votes for the left are inversely proportional to wealth levels, and suggested that as the Jewish community is rich, we simply wouldn't vote for him.
• He said the following about Israel: “Under foreign occupation and denied the right to vote, denied the right to run your own affairs, often denied the right to work for three generations, I suspect that if it had happened here in England, we would have produced a lot of suicide bombers ourselves”.
• He managed to suggested that Israel’s policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians somehow extenuated the attack on the London subway by Muslim terrorists.
Why does all this matter?
Simple..... We shouldn’t allow such hateful rhetoric to be rewarded with such a prestigious post as Mayor of the City of London
• If you want more terrorist preachers in our capital, then vote for Ken.
• If you want four years of hateful, anti-Semitic rhetoric - then vote for Ken.
• If you feel that you need to be educated about Islam and Shari’ah Law, then vote for Ken.
Make no mistake, Ken Livingstone wishes for the same result as the Bradford-West bi-election in March 2012. George Galloway, who is a terrorist sympathiser, former friend of Saddam Hussein and supporter of Bashar Al-Assad (Syria) - managed to get the Islamic voters to turn out in their droves to usher him in. He later called that, the “Bradford Spring”. Based on his track (as above) would you put it past Ken to adopt the same philosophy in London?
I urge all Londoner’s to watch the debate on Sky News tonight, get friends, family etc involved in this election and more importantly, vote for Boris Johnson on May 3rd.