Peter Tatchell wrote quite a critical piece recently about Ken Livingstone for Guardian CiF, so I am pleased to see that he has made a very clear statement arguing that people should vote Livingstone on 1st May.
Peter Tatchell writes:
“In reply to those who have queried how I will vote in the Mayoral elections:
“I will, of course, give my first preference to Sian Berry, the Green Party candidate. She is the most progressive, with the best policies on housing, transport, jobs, equal opportunities and the environment. Moreover, she is not sectarian. Sian is open, inclusive, fair, honest and democratic. In addition, it would be brilliant to have a woman Mayor – and someone young to lead what is a youthful city.
“I will give my second preference to Ken Livingstone. Boris Johnson would be a big mistake. He is clownish, disorganised, not well informed, has little grasp of policy detail and is on record as saying some pretty bigoted things about various minority communities. Based on existing polls, Ken is the only candidate who can stop Boris.
“In any case, Ken’s policies have been mostly positive and benefited Londoners. All in all, he has been a good Mayor. He should be judged
in the round. Despite the flaws I have outlined above, he is way better than Boris.
“I don’t hold personal grudges. I would never base my voting intentions on what bad things Ken may have done to me personally. The interests of all Londoners must come first. I do, however, hope that Ken will listen to the valid criticisms that I and other friends and allies have made and, if he is re-elected, that he will reform his administration to end the favouritism, personal vendettas, sectarianism, control freakery and unsavory alliances that have sometimes characterised City Hall.”