Apologies for the hiatus in posting - there are more important things in life than the lacklustre Mayor of London / Greater London Assembly elections, important as they are.
Congratulations to Boris Johnson the re-elected incumbent Mayor of London.
According to the BBC, his victory over Ken Livingstone was by a "tight margin" or "narrow"
N.B. The BBC described the victory of Hollande over Sarkozy in the French Presidential election as " a clear victory"
F. Hollande 51,64%
N. Sarkozy 48,36%
It is too early to tell if Boris Johnson will keep his promise not to run for the leadership of the Conservative party in the future.
We can only hope that after years of broken promises, support for authoritarian human rights abusing dictatorships and extremist groups, denial of freedoms and liberties in London, insults to various individuals and communities and to our intelligence, waste of public money, etc. Ken Livingstone will keep his pledge that this was his "last election"
Have the various databases,email lists and financial details of the people who supported Ken Livingstone now been destroyed ?
Or are there multiple copies of this sensitive personal data to be found on Labour party appartchiks iPads and iPhones etc., waiting to be lost or stolen ?
Will the Labour party try to email the "supporters" of Ken Livingstone for some other "bait & switch" campaign ?
Will Ken Livingstone try to raise funds for one or other of his private businesses or pet projects by exploiting these "Ken Livingstone supporter" databases ?
Remember that, according to the Data Protection Act 1998, personal data which is collected for one purpose, must not be used for another one, without the prior informed consent of the individuals involved.
2 Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.
Neither should it be kept for longer than necessary i/e/ to help elect Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London (and for no other purpose).
5 Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
The websites http://www.kenlivingstone.com and http://www.yourken.com currently point to the Labour Party website, but there has been no announcement sent out to the email lists about what exactly has happpened to the ("sensitive" because it implies political affiliation) personal data gathered via these websites etc.