Ken Livingstone seems to think that if London is inflicted with a "successful" bid for the Olympic Games in 2012, that whatever Mayor is incumbent in 2011 (presumbaly thinking that this would be himself) should have his or her term of office extended by a year, so that an election campaign would not "disrupt" the preparations for the Games.
"If we win the Olympic bid, the mayoral term should be extended to five years because to try and have the run-up to the Olympics in the run-up to the election, the mayor's attention should be totally focused on the games", he said.
This would mean that the mayor elected in 2008 would end his tenure in 2013, a year after the Olympic Games."
This is undemocratic rubbish, and must be resisted.
Why do politicians think that they are so vital ?
With only one year to go before the Olympics, should such a calamity befall London, any decisons that the Mayor could take which might affect the project would already have been taken well in the past. A Mayoral election of a few weeks would have no effect on the bureaucrats, no matter who was Mayor at the time.
What about the rest of London ? Why should the Mayor concentrate solely on the Olympic Games and ignore all the other problems in London for a whole year ?