Skip to comments.Boris Victory Adds To Labour Misery (New London Mayor Boris Johnson ousts Ken Livingstone)
Posted on 05/02/2008 9:12:41 PM PDT by Int
Boris Johnson has been elected Mayor of London, adding to Labour's misery after disastrous local elections.
The Conservative candidate beat Ken Livingstone with Liberal Democrat Brian Paddick in third place.
Mr Johnson polled 1,168,738 votes to Mr Livingstone's 1,028,966. After second preferences were allocated, Mr Johnson achieved around 53% to Mr Livingstone's 47%.
The result put further pressure on Prime Minister Gordon Brown after his party suffered its worst council election results in four decades.
After the result was announced, the new mayor thanked his team and praised his opponents, particularly Mr Livingstone who he described as a "very considerable public servant".
And he promised Londoners: "I will work flat out from now on to earn your trust and to dispel some of the myths that have been created about me.
Mr Livingstone accepted defeat in the contest and said it was his own fault that he hadn't won a third election.
Boris Johnson (Tory): 1,043,761
Ken Livingstone (Lab): 893,877
Brian Paddick (Lib Dem): 236,685
Sian Berry, (Green): 77,374
Richard Barnbrook (BNP): 69,710
Alan Craig, (Christian Choice): 39,249
Lindsey German (Left List): 16,796
Matt O'Connor, (Eng Democrats): 10,695
Winston McKenzie (Ind): 5,389
Unfortunalely he’s with Rev Wright in thinking that Israel is a “terrorist nation”. He wrote it in his own article. Not one of us. Better than Ken though.
Very interesting. Thanks very much for posting. WOW!
Is the new guy a global warming alarmist? It seems like the former Mayor was a Jihadists wet dream as well as an eco-nut.
"Humanity has largely lost its fear of hellfire, and yet we still hunger for a structure, a point, an eschatology, a moral counterbalance to our growing prosperity. All that is brilliantly supplied by climate change. Like all the best religions, fear of climate change satisfies our need for guilt, and self-disgust, and that eternal human sense that technological progress must be punished by the gods."
Anybody know how our own media is portraying the Labour losses? A quick glance at the front page of the NYT mentions nothing but a one-liner of a Tory kicking out Livingstone.
Are you serious ? If he subscribes to that diseased mindset, he’s identical to Red Ken.
Johnson is a eccentric riot, Im looking forward to watching all the heads explode as he insults pretty much everyone.
Yeah, I’ll dig up the article that he wrote for the paper and post a link to you when I find it. The new Tories took their opposition position very seriously and in reaction to Blair’s good relations with the US, have become very anti-American. Many or most of their supporters are not such but that is the theme being presented by their officers.
Well I know a lot of the Tories went to the dark side opposing Blair and leaving Thatcherism in the dust, but if this guy is calling Israel a terrorist nation, that’s simply evil.
All right, Boris. A rational man it seems.
First Rome, now London. Good!
Johnson made the following comments about Islam in his Spectator column shortly after the July 7 bombings --
"It is time to reassert British values That means disposing of the first taboo, and accepting that the problem is Islam. Islam is the problem. To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia fear of Islam seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke. Judged purely on its scripture to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions. The trouble with this disgusting arrogance and condescension is that it is widely supported in Koranic texts, and we look in vain for the enlightened Islamic teachers and preachers who will begin the process of reform. What is going on in these mosques and madrasas? "When is someone going to get 18th century on Islams medeval ass?"
In any case that's sounds like a very strong pro-WOT and pro-western civilization position, certainly miles ahead of Red Ken.
I don't know just how conservative Johnson really is, but I'm guessing he's probably better than that new President of France (Sarkozy), who has alot of American conservatives fawning over him simply because he puts on a dog-and-pony show about how much he "loves" the U.S., though politically he's not much difference from Hillary on the issues (gun-grabber, pro-abortion, envirowacko, socialist, etc.). He's very much what Huckabee was accused of being -- a "nanny stater" poising as a "conservative". That's probably the best we're going to get out of France. (which why I still say F the French)
Seems much of what passes for "conservative" in Europe isn't.
for me he has similarities to McCain - he says what he thinks whether or not in keeping with his political party and has had to apologise on at least one occasion for doing so.
I mean...this guy is rather non-PC...or really anti-PC, and he has just been elected Mayor of London!
Some of his more enjoyable comments:
2001: On gay marriage.
"If gay marriage was OK and I was uncertain on the issue then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog."
2002: On Britain's Commonwealth
"It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies."
2004: On his political ambitions
"My chances of being PM (prime minister) are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive."
2004: On President George W. Bush
"He liberated Iraq. It is good enough for me."
At the very least, it should be a popcorn moment fairly soon.
I voted for Boris on Thursday and still have the celebration hangover!
Some classic Boris-isms:
“I love tennis with a passion. I challenged Boris Becker to a match once and he said he was up for it but he never called back. I bet I could make him run around.”
“No one obeys the speed limit except a motorised rickshaw”
“Ok, I said to myself as I sighted the bird down the end of the gun. This time, my fine feathered friend, there is no escape. “
“I’m kicking off my diet with cheeseburger whatever Jamie Oliver says. McDonalds are incredibly nutritious and, as far as I can tell, crammed full of vital nutrients and rigid with goodness.”
“I could not fail to disagree with you less.”
And while we’re at it...
BORIS FOR ENGLAND!!!
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