Monday 24 October 2005 1.49pm
I'm going to go for Ken Livingstone on the second question.
Should we expect anything other than duplicitous double-dealing from our politicians?
Actually I don't think that this is necessarily hypocritical. Back in 1999 when Ken was an ordinary Londoner he presumably had an ordinary Londoner's affection for the iconic Routemasters. He expressed this affection in an over-the-top way but this is not to diminsh how genuinely it was held I'm sure. However since being elected and having responsibility for transport in London he has presumably had to give up on "affection" and start making "hard-headed" decisions based on business cases. I have no idea where the pro's and con's of Routemasters V bendy buses lie but I'm guessing from the tough decision he made that Ken clearly believes the Balance
lies in the bendy bus camp. If that's the case I'm glad we have a Mayor who makes a tough, correct choice rather than an easy, popular one.