This Sunday sees two major elections in Europe, with both the French and the Greeks taking to the polls to decide the fate of their country.But guess what, there’s ANOTHER election you have to be watching this week.
Tomorrow Londoners will go to the polls to decide who should be capital city’s mayor for the next 4 year.
It’s really going to boil down to three choices:
- Incumbent Boris Johnson from the Conservative Party.
- Prime challenger Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party, who was Mayor himself from 2000-2008.
- The wild card Brian Paddick from the Liberal Democratics, who was previously the British police force’s most senior openly gay officer.
The contest has become unusually polarising, with accusations of corruption leveled at both Johnson and Livingstone — with Johnson famously calling Livingstone a “fucking liar” live on radio.
If Johnson is able to secure a win tomorrow (as most polls say he will) it could be a big boost for the governing Conservatives, who have suffered badly after opposing austerity and accusations of class snobbery. By trumping the populist Socialism touted by Livingstone, Boris may offer the party a hope for the next general election, held in 2015.
Unfortunately this might not be a big help to David Cameron. Many people are beginning to wonder if Johnson, who had largely been considered a buffoon before his surprisingly successful run as mayor, could be planning his run for Prime Minister.
Worth remembering – Johnson is a man who has publicly said that the euro should be dissolved.
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