London Lib Dems and Greens in Livingstone’s pocket

While we all know that the election in May 2012 will be a two horse race between Boris and Livingstone it is rather sad to see the Lib Dems and the Greens throw the towel in so early.

It has become increasingly clear that both the parties were gravitating towards Labour by all the back room deals that have been done to exclude Conservatives from committee chair positions, to jointly draft politically motivated motions and their refusal to oppose the transport unions’ mindless strikes.

A quick look at the conference speaker list for Livingstone’s front organisation Progressive London, shows both Lib Dem and Green party Assembly Members on the line up not only with Livingstone himself but with militant union bosses and the organisers of the London demonstrations which became so violent and damaging.

This cosying up to Livingstone has new led to a co-ordinated attack on Boris at this morning’s MQT, which was so transparent and amateurish that the whole meeting descended into farce. It became clear that the attack was to take the form of accusing Boris of “misleading Londoners”. The phrase was repeated verbatim by each of the left wing Assembly Members in turn as part of their questions to the Mayor.  After the third or fourth outing it was greeted by laughter and derision from both the Conservative members and many people in the gallery. It was particularly amusing because time after time the Mayor showed that the facts and figures behind their questions were wrong.

The real joke, however, is on the Greens and particularly on the Lib Dems. Their desire to score a short term PR win and pump out an anti Boris press release will cost them in the long run. By obediently parroting Livingston’e attack lines they show to the London electorate that they are really an irrelevance and in doing so increase the chances of being squeezed out at the election.

4 responses to “London Lib Dems and Greens in Livingstone’s pocket

  1. How is the 'no strike' deal promise going?
    Why are there more high earners in City Hall than when Boris took the job?
    Why has insulation only been provided to 8,500 homes so far?

    How many pockets does Livingstone have? Last week it was the RMT, now it is two political parties (six if you include Labour, Respect, Sinn Fein, and Socialist Unity).

  2. Jimmy, you're missing my point.

    It is clear that the mayor has not been able to fulfil all of his manifesto policies yet, governments and mayors are never able to get a 100% success rate on their manifestos. Also I don't have a problem with other AM pulling him up on performance.

    The point that I'm making is that not only are the Labour group promoting Livingstone's attack lines (as I would expect) but so are the Greens and the Lib Dems.

    It does their credibility as seperate parties no good at all being seen so often to do Livingstone's bidding.

    Also I said Livingstone was in the unions' pocket not the other way around

  3. That's right, you said Livingstone was in the Union's pocket and that he was attempting to undermine Boris via transport unions' industrial action”. A strange idea of who controls who.

    “It does their credibility as seperate parties no good at all being seen so often to do [the other's] bidding” – now that could come straight from the Labour Party about Tuition fees, nuclear subs, etc

    Generally speaking I would like the idea of 'anyone but Boris' campaign, if it were not fronted by Livingstone. Have you considered attending yourself? Perhaps the Lib Dems could select you as their candidate as it seems to be their turn to be unable to find anybody in their own party suitable for the job.

  4. Well, it makes a nice change that Lib Dems in City Hall stick to their ideological guns, unlike the Cleggocracy over at Westminster, who have jacked in everything for a couple of years in power.

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