During the course of today as you amuse your children or whatever other challenge todayâ€™s public services strike throws up you might like to spare some time to think about how you will cast your vote in the London mayoral elections in May.
On the one hand Ken Livingstone said in an interview for Total Politics magazine in August:
I donâ€™t think the candidates will be too involved in fundraising, after all the problems Blair got into with Lord Levy. Richard E Grant gave money to my campaign, but 80 per cent of my funding will come from the trade unions, and 77 per cent of Borisâ€™ funding will come from individuals, hedge funds, banks, investment boutiques. Itâ€™s quite clear, from who funds us, who we represent.
Livingstone is the candidate of organised, mainly public sector, labour.
Boris Johnson made his views pretty clear in the Telegraph on Monday:
We are told that this strike is just the first, and that the union leaderships are planning a long and miserable Seventies-style â€œwinter of discontent.â€ I very much hope that is not so â€“ and so, to judge by their reluctance even to take part in the ballot, do many thousands of sensible union members.
It is time the Labour Party stopped prevaricating, and came out against the strike. They are the political arm of the unions, and it is from the unions that they receive 86 per cent of their funding. They could call it off tomorrow.
Johnson is the candidate of service users, council tax payers, travellers, parents, etc. Livingstone tries to brand him as the banks’ candidate but it doesn’t really work does it?