Both the Livingstone and Johnson campaigns today used the same slogan.
Livingstone launched his â€œ6 pledges for Londonâ€ this morning under the slogan â€œBetter off with Kenâ€. His pledges are:
- Cut the fares by 7 per cent this year â€“ saving the average Londoner Â£1,000 over four years
- Reverse Boris Johnsonâ€™s police cuts, restore local sergeants
- Help reduce rents, improve homes with a London non-profit lettings agency
- Tackle heating bills â€“ through insulation and an energy co-op to reduce prices and help households save over Â£150 a year
- London EMA of up to Â£30 a week to help young people stay in education
- Support for childcare with grants and interest-free loans â€“ and campaign against Tory cuts to childcare tax credits
Every single one of these is either unfunded, so tiny that it will only affect very few people or simply outside the Mayorâ€™s competence or a combination of these!
On the same day the Boris Johnson campaign was using the same slogan but looking back rather than forward and reviewing, in some detail, the promises made in the extensive manifesto documents published by his campaign in 2008. The Johnson campaign is claiming to have delivered 91% of 2008 campaign promises. I am sure that critics will challenge some of the detail but this level of transparency and traceability being offered by a candidate is new to British politics. Usually politicians try to hide their old manifestos so that people can’t hold them to account.
Johnsonâ€™s record looks way more plausible than Livingstoneâ€™s pledges.