Is it my imagination or is London about to sleepwalk in to electing or re-electing a mayor? Seen no evidence of canvassing where I live ( off the old kent road).. or posters.. or even more importantly a discussion of the real political issues ( soundbites on news reports excluded!) affecting London. As unimpressed as I am by politicians.. given that they want londoners to pay them for the next 4 years.. perhaps a little more effort is required ???
Saw Boris for half an hour on Sky today with Dermot Moughenahan (or however he spells it) and he was VERy punchy. ANd anyway I would definitely vote for him and not Ken...alas Ken blew it BIG TIME with trips to Cuba and inviting mad Mullahs over,never mind the sucking up to anyone with a bit of dosh.
The campaigning for this year's mayoral election has so far been taking place mainly in the media: I have seen quite a few ads in the papers by the various candidates and of course the candidates have been eager to grant interviews, make statements and hold press conferences.
I am guessing that putting up posters and leafleting will begin after Easter as will door to door canvassing.
i don't think we are electing a new mayor, just re-electing the current one. Ken Livingstone appears to be on the verge of alienating many key always-voters (e.g.Jews, Gays) and revelations of his dodgy tax record makes hime look rather tainted. Boris is touring outer London saying all the right things to the people who elected him last time and almost certainly will do so again. as for Brian Paddick ...no chance
there's going to be quite a few hustings events (see here for as extensive a list as we could muster - another discussion on disability will be added tomorrow) - the guardian are doing a poll which you can see & take here
none of it terribly 'local' but the southwark cyclists, for example, will be attending the transport Q&A and hope to ask a question. dave hill's blog is interesting, as he asked people to suggest the policies for the 'ideal' mayor.