"Red Ken" Livingstone has gone down in defeat before Conservative Party candidate Boris Johnson. The position of Mayor of London has become, since its recent creation, one of the more interesting political experiments in Britain. And Livingstone sought to set his stamp on it. One of Red Ken's bright ideas was to charge motorists fifty dollars in congestion tax if they wanted to drive into central london. Like many initiatives of this sort it will be impossible to wholly roll back and once the electoral wheel turns again the tax python will constrict its coils another quarter-inch more. "Johnson insisted on reforming the £8 (US $16) congestion tax imposed on drivers entering the downtown area. Signed contracts make it impossible for a new mayor to abolish the tax completely." But for the moment there is mirth among the Ewoks and celebration all across the forest moon of Endor.
Pat Dollard notes that "Labour’s London campaign chiefs reported that the ethnic-minority vote had turned out for Livingstone, but the white working-class vote had been increasingly hostile to him." DNC take note. Livingstone disparaged Boris Johnson, who looks like an older version of Owen Wilson, as a "joke". Who's laughing now?
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