Here is yet another excellent article - from The Spectator - outlining the differences between London and the rest of the UK. Its tone is more pejorative towards London than most things on this topic I have shared here, but I still feel many of its points are spot on.
Here is an article from The Guardian by Evan Davis, musing about why there are so many gays in the Conservative Party.
Here is a link to another Evening Standard article, excellently addressing London separatism: "London is a different country — it needs bigger thinking".
Some nitwit (somewhat ad hominem of me, perhaps) in the comments proclaims that ‘London is English’ - a notion which is nonsensical and dying in my opinion.
Speaking of which, I nearly made a post yesterday entitled ‘London versus Scotland: round two’ - round one being a Hugo Rifkind article (viewable for those with a subscription to The Times) - in this post I would have included The Economist's front cover (below) with one of a number of amateur ripostes (also below). The latter is a little illegible, unfortunately, but upon further inspection I realise that it is not in fact having a go at London, but rather taking note of the fact that London will (or perhaps has) come to the resentful realisation that it subsidises the rest of England.
Courtesy of the LSE Government Department’s HotSeat series, here is a video of Professor Tony Travers discussing the 2012 London Mayoral election.
City Population’s List of the Principal Agglomerations of the World is one of my favourite reference resources - and, in my view, the definitive place to go for cities’ populations.
My boyfriend and I went to the Evening Standard's Mayoral Debate on Wednesday. You can watch the whole thing here.
One of the candidates, Brian Paddick I think, criticised Boris for having delegated some of Mayoralty’s policing responsibilities to a Deputy Mayor. (We in London won’t have a Police Commissioner election; the Mayor gets these duties.) As long as a Deputy Mayor for Policing is accountable to the Greater London Authority I’m not too fussed. In fact, I agree with Martin Hoscik who asserts that a well executed and suitably accountable MOPC should be the first step to delivering a Cabinet for London.
Because there is no ward-level data for general elections, it is difficult to calculate notional results for the Boundary Commission’s proposed constituencies. Thankfully, in 2010 Londoners went to the polls for both the local and general elections.
There is obviously no guarantee that people vote the same way for their MP and Councillors. Nonetheless I thought I’d pretend that there is and calculate some notional results for Lambeth’s six proposed constituencies.
Battersea & Vauxhall
Liberal Democrat 22%
Bermondsey & Waterloo
Liberal Democrat 40%
Liberal Democrat 24%
Liberal Democrat 22%
Liberal Democrat 19%
Streatham & Tooting
Liberal Democrat 25%
It will be nice to have for Lambeth to have a Tory seat again, even if five-eighths of it is in Wandsworth. I’m dissatisfied with a couple of instances of orphan wards, where Lambeth residents will be represented by an MP whose interests are overwhelmingly in another Borough. I’m not happy about Streatham South becoming part of Mitcham (the BNP came fourth in Mitcham & Morden in 2010), and I’m also unhappy about Bishop’s (the ward with the London Eye, Waterloo and County Hall) being subsumed into the constituency of the reprehensible Simon Hughes.