Taxi for Boris

Very amused to be handed this receipt by a London cabbie. Apparently the campaign is giving away the books of receipts free to cabbies. Ambient marketing…

How Much Did Hugh Muir Pocket Courtesy of Ken?

The Guardian’s diarist, Hugh Muir, gave Boris a good going over yesterday in his diary column, all but accusing him of being a supporter of the Ku Klux Klan.

Only on Saturday another Hugh Muir piece also appeared in the Guardian, headlined Boris Johnson Faces Conflict of Interest Charge Over Office, over Boris taking free office space from a Ken hating business.

Conflict of interest charges are serious indeed and should be answered. So how much did Hugh Muir get for his contribution to a report commissioned by Ken – The Search for Common Ground? We know it cost the Mayor’s taxpayers £22,000. We know of course it had a foreword by Mayor Ken. What we don’t know is how much of the taxpayers £22,000 Hugh pocketed courtesy of Ken.

Guido has tried to contact him to find out, but no reply so far. Hugh’s article on Boris concluded that Boris “should know there is no such thing as a free lunch”. Quite, so how much did Hugh get from Ken Livingstone?

Charity Commission Warns Ken Backing “Charities”

The Charity Commission has rapped a dozen Muslim charities for supporting Ken Livingstone’s bid to be re-elected as Mayor of London. They wrote a letter which was posted on the Guardian’s CiF a few weeks back (3 January).

It read: “We the undersigned believe that it is in the best interest of the Muslim communities of London, and indeed all Londoners, to back Mr Livingstone in this year’s mayoral elections.” The Commission received several complaints that the letter breached charity law, which forbids charities from supporting political candidates or parties.

The Commission says: “We have written to the charities involved to advise them on the type of political activity a charity can be involved in.”

Frankly Guido is surprised that Muslims are so keen to back someone so keen on alcohol*…

*Watch Dispatches tonight at 8pm on Channel 4 to find out more about Ken’s drinking habits.

Why is Ken Sending The Londoner to Scottish MPs?

The Londoner is a Ken Livingstone financed propaganda sheet. The SNP’s Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie reckons Ken is “wasting public money on a lavish scale” sending the newspaper, subtitled News from the Mayor of London to the constituency offices of Scottish MPs and MEPs, and at least one MSP. Some 5,000 copies are being sent to each postcode district in the UK according to the publishers.

Since Ken is quoted in nearly every article throughout the 20 pages, on concerns ranging from London’s housing shortage, Tube fares, a Metropolitan Police survey, Oyster Cards, offers for Londoners to get half price bus fares and crime in London, Hosie says: “This is an outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money to provide propaganda for Ken Livingstone’s mayoral campaign. The newspaper articles have little or no relevance to anyone outside London. Bad enough that taxpayers’ money is wasted on propaganda but then to have it posted throughout the UK adds insult to injury.”

Boris Bus Beats Ken’s Killer Bendy Bus

Boris is backing the futuristic clean, low emission, hydrogen-powered wheelchair and pushchair friendly double decker bus. So us cyclists will have two good reasons to support it, less chance of being crushed to death by a bendy bus or having to choke on diesel fumes. Autocar commissioned this design. Of course we were told by Ken that “only a dehumanised moron” would get rid of the Routemaster. Ken got rid of the Routemaster in 2004.

Londoners want, and tourists especially expect, to see the famous red bus silhouette against the backdrop of the Capital of the World. Bizarrely Ken’s supporters now no longer able to object on disability legislation grounds now object on cost grounds. When have they ever worried about cost before? Boris is on to a populist vote winner here…

Andrew Gilligan in this evening’s London Standard has another story about the whirlpool of corruption and graft surrounding Lee Jasper, Mayor Ken Livingstone’s aide.

Cash has been dished out in wheelbarrows to Jasper’s pals. Now a whistle-blower of impeccable credentials has come out to describe a catalogue of demands for hush money, political interference and financial irregularity.

The Tories are now calling for the District Auditor to come in and go over the books. In any organisation where one individual faced so many allegations he would be suspended pending an investigation. What does Ken do? He calls everyone racist and gets his echo-chamber of ratepayer funded self-serving community groups to join in the chant. It won’t work this time.

Brenda Stern, who was the programme manager for the LDA’s Diversity Works initiative, is a former director for the Commission for Racial Equality, who was brought into the LDA in March 2006 to rescue Diversity Works. She comes from a background in anti-apartheid activism. Her credibility is not in question. Lee Jasper should be very worried.

So why is Ken still so vehemently defending his aide? Could it be that Lee Jasper knows where the bodies are buried?

Ken Not So Confident

Ken was overheard at his office in the lift by a co-conspirator who emailed this in

He was quite happily telling his companion that if (and he did say “if”) he wins a third term, he will be evicting the Conservative Group from their offices and taking over the area for his own staff. Apparently the Conservatives are hardly ever there and don’t need as much room as they have.

Not so certain of victory?

UPDATE : Ken’s henchman Lee Jasper is, as Guido has said before, a shakedown artist. He lives in an upmarket period property owned by a Housing Association which receives £80 million a year to house low income families. Lee Jasper earns £117,000 a year and pays just £90 week rent. According to the Evening Standard the market rate, which he could well afford, is £550 a week for this period property worth some £750,000. So this is what Ken means by affordable housing.

Boris Attacks Ken Over Jasper’s Missing Millions

Boris speaking at Prospex, a charity helping disadvantaged young kids said pointedly today;

“it is galling to know that millions of pounds of LDA money has allegedly not got through to the many community groups that need it most. The Mayor should now apologise for this outrageous abuse of hard-earned taxpayer’s money. We always knew the attacks on me were a put-up job, and in no sense represented the black community. The attacks are a smokescreen to hide the fact that his administration has ripped off community groups across London and failed to improve the lives of the very people he claims to champion. I am delighted that the curtain has gone up to reveal Ken pulling the levers. The incompetent puppetmaster has been exposed by his own puppets.”

Ken has a history of diverting cash supposedly for good causes into furthering his political self interest. If it is proven that Jasper, who is a bit of a shakedown artist at the best of times, has misused public money, Ken will go down with him.

Boris Ups His Work Rate

Londoners tuned into Capital Radio this morning to hear Boris on with Johnnie Vaughn, not sure if it was to do with his new single release. Wednesday he gave a speech on housing, yesterday he was banging on about Heathrow and the execution of De Menezes. Earlier in the week he did a photo-op down Portobello Road.

He has now visited every one of the 32 boroughs in London, a campaign source tells Guido he has also completed a month long immersive education in the details of policy. The grid for the campaign kicks off in earnest in January. Ken’s policy response is a proposal to nationalise all trains coming into London. With the LibDems choosing the PC PC, Brian Paddick, it is all going to be fun…

Incidentally, the Conservative Friends of Bangladesh have Boris as guest speaker next Thursday night. If you want to attend and see if he can make it through dinner without upsetting another nationality, email Jane, (tickets are £15).

Boris Bombs the Bass

Those who say he is nowhere to be seen just aren’t listening. You can hear his just released homage to FatBoy Slim here.

Hat-tip : BorisBorisBoris.com

CH4RLIE 4 Boris

Who was the stilletoed brunette who exited this Bentley with Boris last week at the back of the Norman Shaw building? Answers to editorial@thefirstpost.co.uk.

Boris Landslide Result

Boris by a landslide wins the Conservative Party open primary to select their candidate for London Mayor:

  • Boris Johnson 15,661
  • Victoria Borwick 1,869
  • Andrew Boff 1,674
  • Warwick Lightfoot 609

Guido is surprised he only got some 3/4 of the votes…

GuyNews TV : Toby Young on Boris

The Speccie’s Toby Young went to the Tory Mayoral hustings and brought back a fair minded video report. Andrew Boff came over well. See it on GuyNews.TV.

Boris Launch

Just biked back from the Boris campaign launch. He was business-like, serious and determined. The media and a crowd of young supporters were out in force. He did not make any gaffes…

Bizarrely supporters were asked to return the T-shirts handed out – “we have to stick to a £100,000 budget for the primary” was the explanation.

Back Boris for a Greater LondonUPDATE : The campaign site has been revamped with the video and more interactivity. They are using Boris icons pretty liberally.

London Calling

Here at the Bori campaign launch with the tune of ‘London Calling’ playing James Cleverly introduced a promo video. To the great amusement of the Backing Boris crowd, it is silent with Boris miming inaudibly.

Back Boris Official Launch Tomorrow

Boris is officially launching his campaign to be the next Mayor of London tomorrow morning in the debating chamber at County Hall.

The first 150 Boris supporters to be there for a quick briefing at 9:30am in the County Hall reception will be kitted out with a official Back Boris t-shirts and will be integral to the smooth running of the day. You should be free to leave by 11:30am at the latest.

The first 150 people to reply to events@backboris.com with their full name and contact number will be added to the list. First come first served – see you there…

Boris v Ken – Boris Edges Ahead

YouGov has Boris 6% ahead of Ken with Londoners (46% v 40%), even before he is the official candidate. The detailed data is interesting, Labour voters are more likely to vote for Boris than Tory voters are likely to vote for Ken. Encouraging…

BackBoris.Com

Boris has tidied up his campaign website a little. There is no interactivity (as yet) or compelling proposition to return you to the site once you sign up and subscribe for the email. We are told to expect more bells and whistles.

Victoria Borwicks site is actually better, Warwick Lightfoot’s is busier and has podcasts and videos. Andrew Boff’s site asks you to be patient with just a tear dropping. Was he surprised to get through?

Why Boris Will Win

Turnout was 36.95% in the 2004 Mayoral elections. Ken actually got the support of only 10% of the potential electorate. The Tories are more popular now than before and they have in Boris a likeable candidate. Is that alone enough for him to win? Maybe.
Party Name 1st choice
Votes
1st choice
%
2nd choice
Votes
2nd choice
%
Labour Party Livingstone, Ken 685,541 35.70% 250,517 13.04%
Conservative Party Norris, Steve 542,423 28.24% 222,559 11.59%
Liberal Democrats Hughes, Simon 284,645 14.82% 465,704 24.25%

He is extremely popular with the Conservative grassroots and if Boris just succeeds in motivating them to go out and vote, he will win. On the basis of the last election’s results Boris needs to get an extra 1 in 5 Tory sympathisers in London to go to the polling station. This is without the extra oomph from the Conservatives nationally polling better than in 2004. Boris inspires a great deal of enthusiasm, he will without doubt energise that base. He also has first-name brand recognition. If Labour tacticians think they can fight him as a posh buffoon they are making a mistake just like the Tories made in thinking they could portray Gordon as a left-winger. Boris will never appeal to a certain type of left-winger, but he doesn’t have to, he just has to get the stay-at-home Tories down to the polling station.

People seem to forget that Boris got to Eton on a scholarship, not because he was a toff, the buffoon tag can be shaken off easily.

83% Back Boris for Mayor

Guido’s now closed poll of readers scientifically sampled a total of 1060 co-conspirators. A massive 83% backed Boris running.
Run Boris, Run. London needs you…

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