Wednesday, 7 May 2008

Boris elected mayor of London; Dick Whittington turns in grave

So the elections are over and the dust has settled. The general feeling seems to be that the Tories had the better of it; Labour and Lib Dems being relegated into equal 3rd place – if you get my drift.

The race for London mayor was particularly tight. Would you like to meet the candidates? Here’s a representative sample:


Boris

Boris: voice of the elite


Ken

Ken: voice of the newt



Barnbrook

Barnbrook: voice of the natives


The results were somewhat as follows:

1st preference votes:

Bonking Boris (Long con party): 1,043,761 (42.48%)

Red Ken (Lenin party): 893,877 (36.38%)

Brian Padlock (Law ‘n’ Order ‘n’ Buggery): 236,685 (9.63%)

Dangle Berry (Eat your greens party): 77,374 (3.15%)

Richard Barnbrook (British National Party): 69,710 (2.84%)

Others: less

Considering only 1st preferences no candidate had an overall majority so the 2nd preferences were counted. They were as follows:

Boris……………………………: +124,997 = 1,168,738
Ken………………………………: +135,089 = 1,028,966

After adding the second preferences Boris was ahead by 139,742 votes and so was declared mayor.

It’s likely that included in Boris’s 125,000 (ish) 2nd preference votes were the 70,000 (ish) BNP voters who put Richard Barnbrook as their 1st preference. This is because the BNP recommended to its voters that Boris should be their second choice as he had the best chance of unseating Ken and is marginally less of a disaster area.

It is interesting to note that had the BNP recommended Ken get the 2nd pref rather than Boris the final result would have been:

Boris………………………………………………: 1,099,028
Ken…………………………………………………: 1,098,676

This wouldn’t have changed the result, but would have made Boris’s majority an eye-wateringly tight 352 votes. Of course the BNP would never have recommended Red Ken to its voters but as BNP support grows Boris might want to reflect in the odd quiet moment who made him and who can break him.

However the good news of the London elections was that Richard Barnbrook was also top of the BNP’s party list for the Assembly and, by a whisker it must be admitted, was elected. Yay! Now he’s got his own office in the glass testicle (sorry, City Hall, not to be confused with the glass gherkin which is an office block farther east mainly used by insurance companies) and is ideally placed to inject a bit of commonsense into proceedings, and maybe even get the poor bloody native Brit’s voice heard at last.

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