Andrew Marr gave Ken Livingstone a typically easy ride on his show this morning, see the transcript here. Some interesting points did come out though.
Anyone being interviewed on TV will try to get their own message across when they get the chance. When he did get the chance the Mayor listed his issues here:
They don’t want to discuss what are we doing to reduce carbon emissions? Why is crime falling and no-one’s reporting it? Hey, what are you doing about public transport? Those are the real issues – are you going to have affordable housing?
Note the order:
- reduce carbon emissions
- falling crime
- public transport
- affordable housing.
Now it is clear why the Mayor spent £3.3 million, mostly on adverts, last year to run the emissions related congestion charging and Low Emission Zone consultations. Both of these schemes will have NO impact on carbon emissions but they enhance the Mayor’s strong green brand which he is not afraid of leveraging by re-using very expensively purchased mind share, see previous posting.