The biggest spender on advertsing during the last general election campaign was the Tory party. It spent Â£8.2 million. They do this every four or five years to try to persuade the whole country to vote for them. Whatever you think about the Tories’ donors most of this cash comes from little people paying their subs. I’m one of them. Â£50 a year. See the Electoral Commission website.
A couple of weeks ago the Evening Standard reported that the London Mayor, Ken Livingstone, was going to spit in our faces by spending Â£8.7 million on telling us about his unwanted extension to the Congestion Charge, an extension that will probably ensure that no surplus is generated from the stupid tax for many years. I did not really take the information in. This weekend I saw a billboard in South Ealing Road, a TV advert and a double page spread in the Londoner. It is fully four months until this change comes into force yet Livingstone is using Â£8.7 million of our cash to ram his scheme down our throats.