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Ex-Mayor Livingstone

Londoner lies Part 2

The front page story in April’s issue is “Free Tube travel for under elevens”. You may think that this is a good thing. Many parents can afford to pay their childrens’ fares so maybe this benefit is not well targeted. But who said the Mayor was responsible for child poverty anyway? He is not. He is well outside his brief here. The lie here is what is not said. The article fails to mention that this measure will cost £1 million per annum. Small beer you may say in an overall budget set for next year at an eye watering £3 billion. On the other hand a real journalist would give you the information so that you could weigh for yourself the benefit against the cost. The Mayor does not trust your judgment so he just tries to tell you that all his baubles cost you nothing.