February 2005 Archives

The Forum of Private Business has an online petition against the Mayor's planned expansion of the Congestion Charge Zone.

The existing Congestion Charge Zone has resulted in a loss of individual privacy, a loss of trade and massive profits for Capita PLC. Capita have not bothered to deliver an efficient and courteous public service, since they have the Mayor over a barrel, and have extracted millions from the public purse to fix technical problems which were their responsibility.

There seem to have been some marginal effects on air pollution in the central zone, but no evidence of any resultant improvement in the health of Londoners overall, and no overall reduction in traffic congestion in the rest of London.

On top of all these failings, the Mayor is increasing the Congestion Charge by a massive ammount from £5 to £8 a day, with no justification.

To expand the Congestion Charge Zone westwards, and, even around Heathrow seems to be utter folly.

Perhaps Londoners will take heart from the people of Edinburgh who recently voted against having a Congestion Charge.

Why are Londoners not being given a referendum on the same issue ?

Just to remind our email correspondents that this website pre-dates the referendum on even having a Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly, let alone the creation of these public bodies.

You are welcome to comment on the issue of Ken Livingstone's stupid comments and his lack of an apology (are his formidable political skills slipping ?), on this blog, but there is no point in sending emails to us here at blog@mayor-of-london.co.uk either in support or in condemnation.

Try the official taxpayer funded Mayor of London public relations website, but do not expect much of a response.

Drop everything and dance to the tune of the public media!

It seems to be acceptable for the BBC to arrange pre-record some pro Olympic bid stuff, with vested interests, but they only bother to give the token anti Olympic bid people a mere hour and threequarters to get to a local radio studio, find an ISDN line etc, to get their views recorded before broadcast time. This website, and our London Olympics 2012 - No!!!! webpage have been in the search engines from when the Bid was announced, so this last minute scrabbling around for opponents to the Bid really does smack of tokenism.

This does not seem like fair and balanced reporting of the issues to me, and if this keeps on, there are going to be some official complaints to Ofcom:

Subject: BBC Radio Wales
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 10:44:18 -0000
Message-ID: From: "AAA BBB"

Good morning, my name's AAA BBB and I'm a producer on the Nicola Heywood Thomas programme, BBC Radio Wales. Today, between 1235 and 1250, we're going to be discussing London's bid for the 2012 Olympics.

We've recorded a short interview with James Cracknell which we'll be playing out, and we'll also be talking to the Chair of the Sports Council in Wales, who feels that Britain as a whole would benefit from hosting the Olympics. What we haven't got is a dissenting voice, someone who can talk about the drawbacks for Britain should London get picked as host for 2012. Could you provide anyone to take part? This could be done via a radio studio local to you, an ISDN line, or on a landline.

Please let me know as soon as you can.

Many thanks,


tel: 029 20 nnn nnn
fax: 029 20 nnn nnn
m: nnnn nnnnnnn

The major TV organisations all have a vested commercial interest in the London 2012 Olympic Bid, their sports and technical broadcasting divisions could make millions of pounds - whoopee for them.

The annoying need to comply with minimal broadcasting standards does mean that both the BBC and ITV are currently scratching around for some token opponents to the Bid, to humiliate on air.

e.g. the patronising email we got from ITV "London Tonight"

"I'd be grateful if you could supply a name and a contact number for someone from the group should we want to include your voice in this week's coverage of the IOC's visit"

How generous of them ! Our experience of these local news programmes is very disheartening. They demand that, at the drop of a hat, to meet their poorly planned schedules, you give up at least two hours of your time, for free, and then, if you are extraordinarily lucky, what you have been patiently explaining to them for over an hour gets cut, out of context , into a sound bite of as little as 5 or 10 seconds. The full time paid media spokespersons from the Bid team will, no doubt get rather more time to put over their views.

If anybody does feel that they can be bothered to take part in this week's biased media events, then email us and we will give you the contact details of the BBC and ITV researchers and programme editors who have been in contact.

We do not support any illegal protests against the International Olypmic Committee inspection next week, but we really do resent being told to shut up by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Tessa Jowell, as reported in The Independent..

"In an interview with The Independent, Ms Jowell hit back at the protesters: "People have the right to express their view but they have no right to ruin people's dreams. They have raised their objections but I think we can answer every one.""

She has failed to convince us that the cost to taxpayers, and the massive disruption to our lives, is outweighed by any lasting benefits to London, let alone the rest of the UK.

Despite this Government's slide towards a Big Brother/Big nanny state, they have not yet succeeded in outlawing protests. If the pro Olympic bid delfish vested interests are so worried about a minority of protestiors, then their bid really is in trouble.

The No to London 2012 website has several protest events on the calendar, which may possibly manage to get the message through to the IOC inspectors, that there are lots of people unhappy with the threat of the 2012 Olympics being inflicted on London.

Does anyone seriously believe that there will be spontaneous mass demonstrations in favour of the bid ?

The Guardian and The Independent report yet another of Mayor Ken Livingstone's extraordinary rants - likening a Jewish reporter to a "concentration camp guard" , apparently, for which he is "is to be formally reported to the local government watchdog, the Standards Board for England and Wales".

This is not accepatable behavior from the Mayor of London.

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