The very latest awfulness to emerge
May 03, 2012. Comments (3)
TURNOUT is how we defeat Boris.
His campaign managers and millionaire funders are not expecting most ordinary Londoners to turn up to the polls. They know they have the advantage of 'traditionally' higher turnouts in richer, Tory-supporting areas but it will only take a small shift in the number of people voting to cause a big change.
The system isn't complicated: you get two votes for Mayor and can vote for your favourite candidate with vote 1 then cast a deciding vote against Boris with vote 2.
Read, watch and share our voting guides for how the ballots work:
What the video says:
You can vote any time between seven o'clock in the morning and ten o'clock at night.
Everyone gets two votes for the mayor of London. In the first round you vote for who you want to be the mayor. The second one is a showdown: only two candidates will make it through. The winner is the first one over 50%, so make your vote count.
If your first vote is for a top two candidate this still counts in the final round and your second vote is ignored.
On the same day you can elect your London assembly members. You get two votes. One for the constituency section: it's a straight fight between Labour and Conservatives and one for the London assembly list. That's a proportional system so it means you can pick your favourite party.
This election's all about turnout: it's our London, not his. So get your mum, your brother, your dad, your aunt, your brother, your sister, your friends, your families, your colleagues: if you get them out to vote then we have the power to sack Boris Johnson.
Voting guide leaflet (click on the image to download a printable pdf):
You can vote any time between 7am and 10pm.
You don't need your polling card or ID to vote. As long as you are on the register you can simply turn up to the correct polling station and give your name and address.
Find your polling station here: http://www.londonelects.org.uk/im-voter/where-vote
Please make the time to stop there today and we CAN Sack Boris and get our city back.
May 02, 2012. Comments (4)
Climate Rush have struck again in their campaign for cleaner London air. Last night two of their activists spray-painted 40 white crime-scene body outlines on the city's most congested roads.
The 40 white bodies are there to symbolise the 4,267 premature deaths caused as a result of air pollution in London every year.
One was even plonked right outside Boris Johnson's front door.
Air pollution on London's most congested roads is deadly, and regularly breaches EU legal limits on air quality and often twice exceeds the World Health Organisation's safe limit, resulting in more deaths in the city than from road accidents, obesity or passive smoking.
And yes, the lack of progress on clearing this up is down to Boris. His efforts at gluing pollution to the ground, cancelling the Western Extension Zone of the Congestion Charge and the £25 gas-guzzler, and delaying the tightening of the Low Emission Zone for lorries and vans.
The extremely respectable Campaign for Clean Air in London has condemned Boris roundly for his policies over the last four years and said this week:
Climate Rush said today:
"Boris Johnson's policies are killing Londoners. In his five years as Mayor of London, Johnson has been roundly criticised for failing to deal with our toxic air quality and the ensuing public health epidemic. Instead he eases traffic, sticks pollution to the ground and scraps the Western low emission zone.
"London needs the next mayor to tackle air pollution by reducing the number of polluting vehicles on our roads, improving cycling infrastructure and creating an affordable and accessible public transport system."
May 01, 2012. Comments (3)
It's final week of campaigning, and we could do with some lovely Sacktivists to help us out in the final days before voting. But what's Boris been up to? Well, take a seat.
First, he declined to appear on the London section of the BBC's Sunday Politics, despite Ken, Brian and Jenny all appearing previously. Instead, he sent Kit Malthouse, who claimed Boris has a "long-standing engagement that he had to do this morning."
He later described it as, "a private engagement this morning”. And what was this private engagement, that stopped Boris being questioned on his policies, just days before Londoners head to the polls? Er... it seems he was out campaigning in Wimbledon and Kingston.
The bone of contention? It seems Boris was unhappy with a report by the BBC's Tim Donovan into Boris's links with News International, including the fact Boris solicited News International for money even while they were being investigated by Scotland Yard over phone-hacking. Boris descended into panic over the fact that his links with Murdoch were repeatedly exposed by referring to Tim Donovan as “fucking bollocks” directly into a BBC camera:
Sonia Purnell, a former colleague of Johnson's who wrote the biography “Just Boris” tweeted several other facets of Boris's relationship with News International:
If like us, you think London deserves better than someone in the pockets of the Murdochs, vote to Sack Boris on Thursday and if you can, help us spread the word on Wednesday by joining our ever-growing team of Sacktivists.
Apr 30, 2012. Comments (8)
Our Sacktivists will be handing out a huge number of voting guides this week showing how - whatever other candidate you support - you can cast your vote most effectively to Sack Boris (join us on Wednesday!). Here's a short version on video to share as well.
We'll never stop saying this: it's all about the TURNOUT. Voters in constituencies that support Boris are more likely to turn out to vote, as our heatmaps show.
So if there's anyone you know who might not vote or is not sure about the system, point them in this direction. Send it you your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours. Remind them all that if we all get out and vote, we can sack Boris on Thursday.
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