London has a new Mayor in Boris Johnson who ousted
Ken Livingstone in Thursday's election.
The count took longer than expected and the result
was announced just before midnight.
The news comes nearly twenty-four hours after it became
clear that the local elections would provide Labour's
worst performance for over a generation.
In London, Conservative Boris beat the politically
correct Red Ken who was aiming for a third term in office.
A gutted Gordon Brown said earlier, "the challenge
of leadership is to take the country through difficult
times, as well as through good times. The challenges
show that we have the strength and the resolution, as
well as the conviction and ideas to take the country
David Cameron reckons the results are “a positive vote
of confidence” in the Tories.
I could probably find dozens of predictable statements
as per usual after an election.
The Prime Minister seems to have suddenly decided that
he wants to take the country forward. Is that forward
along the road towards a police state?
Maybe he should think about taking the country back
to better times.
As for Mr. Cameron's suggestion that a vote for Boris
is a positive vote of confidence (as opposed to a negative
vote of confidence?), Mr Johnson is an unknown quantity
in such an immense position and with Labour's growing
unpopularity, it is wishful thinking that people have
a new sense of confidence in the Tories.
Results and more comment to follow.